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UPDATE (7:36 PM)
As the good ole magic eight ball says, all signs point to yes. More confirmation coming that the Indians and Rockies are engaged in serious talks. Jon Heyman has reported that in addition to Pomeranz and White, the Rockies have also requested Lonnie Chisenhall, the team's top hitting prospect coming into the season. Meanwhile, MLB.com has confirmed that White has been pulled from his one-inning rehab stint this evening.
UPDATE (7:22 PM)
In addition to the Pomeranz hint (being yanked from his start), Troy Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that the teams are in serious talks now, with Alex White and Jason Kipnis being considered targets of the Rockies, in addition to Pomeranz. If the Rockies could swing that deal, it would give them two future workhorses and an offensive second baseman. Talk about a steal!
UPDATE (7:15 PM)
In an interesting piece of news, Indians pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz has been pulled from his start today, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. Could this be a pre-cursor to the Indians pulling off a massive trade coup?
UPDATE (6:09 PM)
The Tigers called up top prospect Jacob Turner to start today's game against the Angels, and the 20-year old performed better than expected, tossing 5.1 innings of two-run ball. The game hasn't finished yet, but Turner is in line to pick up his first big-league victory. You have to wonder if it will be his last start in a Tigers uniform though, as the Tigers still appear to be one of the top suitors for Jimenez.
It seems unfathomable that Jimenez will be switching teams considering what the Rockies are asking in return, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from churning out some great stuff over the past 24 hours.
According to MLBTradeRumors, the Rockies were in talks with Detroit yesterday, discussing the top prospects that would be involved in a hypothetical deal. According to Dan Knobler of CBS Sports, any deal that involves Detroit would most likely center around Rick Porcello or the team's top prospect, Jacob Turner.
Other teams in on the right-hander, who through 20 starts is 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA, include the Yankees, Red Sox, Indians, and Reds.
Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman has described the Yankees as "lurking" in their efforts to acquire Jimenez. You have to wonder if they're playing the same game that Texas played in 2010 when they Cliff Lee away from New York after finding out what kind of package the Yankees were discussing with Seattle.
Joel Sherman from the New York Post is another person advocating the wait-and-see approach, making the point that the Yankees are unlikely to move both Jesus Montero and Dellin Betances for anyone, including Jimenez.
According to the terrific duo over at Fox Sports (Ken Rosenthal and Paul Morosi), these are the prospects that the Rockies are eyeballing from each possible suitor:
- From the Red Sox: Triple-A right-hander Kyle Weiland and Double-A third baseman Will Middlebrooks
- From the Yankees: Right-hander Ivan Nova, Double-A right-hander Dellin Betances, and Triple-A catcher Jesus Montero (The Yankees consider prized Double-A lefty Manny Banuelos to be untouchable.)
- From the Tigers: Double-A right-hander Jacob Turner, whom the Tigers would be highly reluctant to move
- From the Reds: First baseman/left fielder Yonder Alonso and at least one of the team’s major league-ready starting pitchers (The Reds consider Triple-A catcher Devin Mesoraco and Single-A infielder Billy Hamilton untouchable.)
- From the Indians: Double-A lefty Drew Pomeranz, whom the Indians would be highly reluctant to move