According to multiple reports, the Indians acquired ace righthander Ubaldo Jimenez from the Rockies last night in the biggest deal heading into today’s non-waiver trade deadline.
Colorado’s return package includes Cleveland’s two prized pitching prospects, lefthander Drew Pomeranz and righthander Alex White, along with first baseman Matt McBride and a fourth player reported to be minor league pitcher Joe Gardner.
Jimenez, 27, was considered the prize of the trade market. An All-Star in 2010 when he threw a no-hitter and went 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA, Jimenez started the season 1-7 and was on the disabled list during April because of a cuticle cut on his right thumb. He is signed through next year with a club option for 2013.
The Rockies pulled Jimenez from his start against the Padres in San Diego after he pitched one inning. He was greeted with hugs, handshakes, and pats on the back from his teammates and coaches in the dugout.
“Everybody knew it, even me,’’ Jimenez said after his outing, in which he allowed four runs on two hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Jimenez said he was surprised he even pitched in the game. “When I got to the mound, I couldn’t even throw a strike because I didn’t have my mind on the game,’’ he said.
In a bizarre scene, Jimenez went to the mound to warm up after Troy Tulowitzki had hit a two-run homer in the top of the first. At the same time, Esmil Rogers began throwing in the Rockies’ bullpen.
The Indians, who pulled Pomeranz from his scheduled Double A start, also dealt infielder Orlando Cabrera to the Giants for Triple A outfielder Thomas Neal.
Tigers bolster staff The Mariners sent starter Doug Fister and reliever David Pauley to the Tigers for outfielder Casper Wells, infielder Francisco Martinez, and lefthander Charlie Furbush. Fister, a righthander, was 3-12 in 21 starts this season despite a 3.33 ERA. Pauley, a righthander who pitched for the Red Sox in 2006 and 2008, was 5-4 with a 2.15 ERA in 39 appearances.
“The acquisition cost for a starting pitcher is very high right now, as you can see from the trades being made around the majors,’’ said Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski. “There were times where I didn’t think we would get a trade made . . . We’ve probably talked 25 times in the last week.’’
Furbush and Wells were added to the Mariners’ major league roster; Martinez was assigned to Double A Jackson.
Lee to Pirates The Pirates improved their lineup for the playoff push, acquiring first baseman Derrek Lee from the Orioles for minor league first baseman Aaron Baker. Lee is batting .248 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs this season, his first in Baltimore. Pittsburgh, a surprising contender in the NL Central, was in the market for a righthanded bat . . . The Orioles also dealt reliever Koji Uehara to the Rangers for righthander Tommy Hunter and infielder Chris Davis . . . The Dodgers activated third baseman Casey Blake from the DL, placed Juan Uribe on the DL, and Rafael Furcal was held out of the lineup against Arizona as he was reportedly dealt to the Cardinals . . . The Nationals made two deals, trading righthander Jason Marquis to the Diamondbacks for minor league infielder Zachary Walters. Marquis is 8-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 20 starts this season. Washington also dealt utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. to the Brewers for outfield prospect Erik Komatsu . . . The Phillies activated third baseman Placido Polanco from the DL and optioned outfielder Domonic Brown to Triple A Lehigh Valley to make room for newly acquired right fielder Hunter Pence.