MLB Trade Rumors: Why Ubaldo Jimenez Should Encourage a Move from the Rockies

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIJuly 19, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors: Why Ubaldo Jimenez Should Encourage a Move from the Rockies

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    Colorado Rockies' ace Ubaldo Jimenez was one of the best pitchers in baseball last season and the season before it.

    He pitched a no-hitter on April 17, 2010 and anyone that did not know who he was, now knew.

    He planted himself as a pitcher everyone was watching. Now it is time for him to move onto the bigger marquee baseball franchises.

    Reports have both the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox keeping track of Ubaldo Jimenez’s availability. Even though Jimenez had a slow start to the season, he has pitched well the last few starts, showing the form he has in the past few seasons.

    Here are three reasons why he is a player that teams should be drooling over the prospect of being able to trade for.

Fastball

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    Ubaldo Jimenez has a slender frame being 6’4” and 210 pounds. His height allows for him to get a very strong generation of force over the top, and it gets clocked in at the mid 90s.

    This sets him apart from the majority of players.

    Anyone that can throw in the upper 90s is coveted, but combined with Jimenez’s ability to hit his spots, makes him one of the top pitchers in baseball.

    Jimenez’s fastball alone, without looking at his other pitches, will get him through the early parts of games.

Curveball

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    Ubaldo Jimenez has a huge 12-to-six curveball that makes his fastball appear like it is being clocked at a 100.

    The curveball is clocked in the high 70s with a fastball in the high 90s. The difference, when mixed in and out, is an intimidating feeling for batters standing at the plate.

    Jimenez also shows that he trusts his curveball and can go to it even when he is behind in counts.

Possible 20-Win Season

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    Ubaldo Jimenez won 19 games in 2010, setting his personal record for wins in a season. At 27, it is an easy bet to believe that Ubaldo Jimenez has a few seasons in his arm that will be better then last season.

    He will be a pitcher that will be able to obtain 20 wins in a season in an era when pitchers with that ability don't get the chance to because of teams trying to limit their arms.

    With the ability to win 20 game in a season, Ubaldo will have to be on a team that can provide him with the firepower to get a win every time he steps on the mound.

    The Red Sox and the Yankees are two teams that can provide him with that and will put him into staffs that are already very strong. He would be the icing on the cake.