MLB Trade Rumors: Which Team Will Ubaldo Jimenez Be on at the Deadline?

Raul RodriguezContributor IIIJuly 29, 2011

There has been a question of who the New York Yankees are going to make a trade for this July. There are two best-case scenario answers for starting pitching help: Hiroki Kuroda and Ubaldo Jimenez.

It seems like Jimenez is ambivalent about whether or not he should waive his no-trade clause to play for an East Coast team. I believe the Yankees have a shot at Kuroda. But, if you do not see any major developments on possible trades for Kuroda, I would toss out the possibility of a trade.

The reason for this is that  Kuroda has a full no-trade clause. Thus, by MLB rules, the Yankees need to be able to complete a deal for him on Saturday, which is a day before the deadline, at the latest. There needs to be one full day given for any waiving of a no-trade clause.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Yankees continue to persist through talks with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nothing has been of great substance thus far, though, as no names have been tossed around from the Yankees farm system.

The Yankees are playing hard to get with Dan O'Dowd of the Colorado Rockies. According to Rosenthal, Brian Cashman has not called O'Dowd once today. The Yankees have to still be interested in acquiring Jimenez, so they are probably trying to start a staring contest.

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated is reporting that the Boston Red Sox are aggressively pursuing Ubaldo Jimenez. If a potential trade between the Rockies and Red Sox surfaces, it will only center around Double-A third baseman Will Middlebrooks. The Yankees can easily do better than this by offering two MLB-ready players and someone like Andrew Brackman who has potential (look at his Double-A season).

The Rockies are not in any way measuring the market value of Jimenez. This is different from the Justin Upton situation because the Colorado Rockies are actively speaking to a half dozen other teams. As a result, the situation is lingering and something needs to be done.

Brian Cashman is playing hard to get and is doing a good job of showing as much to the media. He continuously exudes his confidence in his current pitching staff by saying that nothing on the market will improve the team. This is certainly Cashman not showing his cards and displaying a nice poker face. He simply cannot show other teams, like the Rockies, how desperate he is for starting pitching. If he did this, the price for Ubaldo would stay exorbitantly high at the deadline.

Thus, I feel like tonight will reveal a great deal about the deadline moves the Yankees will make. There are two things to keep an eye on tonight.

Firstly, will there be recent developments on Kuroda. If talks intensify and the Los Angeles Dodgers begin to narrow their conversations to the Yankees, you could see the trigger being pulled on a deal.

Second, do the Yankees acquire Domonic Brown at the end of the night? According to Jon Heyman, Hunter Pence is likely to be traded any moment. There is a third team to be rumored in a deal. Joel Sherman of the NY Post confirms this speculation, tweeting that the Philadelphia Phillies scouted the Yankees' Double-A game. There is a belief that Dellin Betances could be dealt for Brown in a three-team trade.

If Brown goes to the Yankees, my first thought is that he is of little use to the team. The outfield is awesome, and the New York Yankees have capable bench players in Andruw Jones and Marcus Thames, who will be in the minors. Maybe the Rockies value someone like Brown more than Betances because they feel he is more MLB-ready. If this is the case, the Yankees could pull a trade with less to give up for Jimenez.

Tonight is going to reveal a great deal about what will happen in the coming days of the weekend!