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Current Team: Colorado Rockies
Best Match: New York Yankees
After signing CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett in the offseason that was, the Yankees have hit a snag in their pursuit for other big name starters. Their trade for Cliff Lee fell through last July, Andy Pettitte walked away into retirement, they were continuously shunned by Felix Hernandez and they lost out on Lee once again during the offseason. Plus, their current ace Sabathia may entertain his opt-out clause and put the Yanks in a tough spot.
So what should the front office do to solidify their starting rotation?
How about trading for the biggest pitcher on the market?
A deal for Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez would certainly do the job. Jimenez, a 6'4" right-hander in his sixth MLB season, could turn out to be a significant addition to a questionable rotation. Although he has struggled this season, Ubaldo can serve as the second or third starter for the Yanks come postseason time and challenge the AL's best hitters with his dominant stuff. Being behind Sabathia and Burnett in the rotation would also lessen the pressure that comes with playing in the Bronx. They have the pieces to trade away for Ubaldo; it's just a matter of how many of those the Rockies want.
Simply put, New York's current roster may not be enough to push them past the division leading Red Sox. Landing a talent like Jimenez may come at a hefty cost, but it could end up as their biggest trade in recent memory.