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Ubaldo is the last Rockie pitcher to make the All-Star Game
Sore subject, I know, but it must be addressed.
Jimenez was the main casualty on a very disappointing 2011 season. The Rockies were a popular choice to win the division and compete for the NL pennant, but instead finished 73-89, 21 games out of first in the West. Ubaldo struggled significantly after a tremendous 2010 campaign. Part of the problem was the Rockies pounded their chests and built up loads of interest in the offseason. With such a terrible fallout, one of the stars had to be sacrificed. Since Jimenez performed the worst of the "Big Three" that included Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, the hard-throwing Dominican was the odd man out.
The biggest problem with the trade was the return. Alex White hasn't found his groove at the major league level, and Drew Pomeranz still isn't deemed worthy of owning a spot in baseball's worst starting pitching rotation. Colorado is so hell bent on keeping Pomeranz in the minors, Jim Tracy actually prefers to go with a four-man set instead of bringing up the prospect.
On the other side, Jimenez is starting to settle in by Lake Erie. He's put together a very strong month of June, winning two of his four starts while posting an excellent 2.05 ERA. In addition, he's lasted through the sixth inning in six of his last seven outings. By comparison, no Rockies pitchers have posted such a number of quality starts over the season, let alone the past 5 weeks.
In review, the backlash from this trade propelled disdain for the Rockies management to a new level.