Ubaldo Jimenez has been among the top tier players on the trading block in the last couple of weeks, and as the days remaining to the trade deadline get fewer and fewer, and the Rockies' asking price for their ace evades a markdown of any sort, I feel very confident in saying that the Yankees will not have Ubaldo Jimenez on the roster on August 1.
These are the same Yankees who are considered the front runners for the hurler by many highly acclaimed sports writers across the nation.
Oddly enough, many of these same writers have noted that Yankees GM Brian Cashman has noted that top prospects Dellin Betances, Manny Banuelos, Austin Romine, and Jesus Montero are going nowhere.
Even more oddly enough, the Rockies have requested three of the four untouchables in return for Jimenez, and have also publicly noted, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark, that they would need "three sure-thing young players, including one pitcher who goes into their rotation immediately". The starter to be immediately put into their rotation would likely be Ivan Nova.
Seeing this indicates that although the Yankees may be the number one contenders for Jimenez at this time, there is an obvious wall that both teams will eventually run into. Hopefully the Yankees don't value Jimenez so highly that they be inclined to break through this wall, conceding to the Rockies' outrageous demands for their overrated starter.
This all being said, I firmly believe that Cashman is a wise GM and, if nothing else, understands the value that his top prospects offer to the welfare of the Yankees' lineup, or to future trade possibilities that wouldn't be as lopsided.
Here are five acquisitions Cashman could make to the Bombers instead.