MLB Trade Rumors: Power Ranking Teams That Could Acquire Ubaldo Jimenez
Ubaldo Jimenez trade rumors have been showing up everywhere on the web the past few days. Jimenez is without a doubt one of the biggest names available on the trade market this year.
It is uncertain if the Colorado Rockies will trade Jimenez before the 2011 MLB trade deadline, but there are certainly many suitors coming after him. The Rockies have said that they need to be overwhelmed with an offer and every team after Jimenez could do that.
5. Detroit Tigers
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With their recent deal for Doug Fister, it seems that the Tigers will be out of the race for Ubaldo Jimenez. There is still a chance that they could make a move for him as they do have issues with their rotation, however it is very slim.
Danny Knobler of CBS Sports has noted that the Tigers have asked for a few pitching prospects, including Jacob Turner, as well as Brennan Boesch in return for Jimenez.
4. Cincinnati Reds
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Even though they are falling further and further out of contention, the Cincinnati Reds are still interested in acquiring Ubaldo Jimenez according to Jon Heyman. This does make sense as Jimenez is signed through 2014 and could help the Reds in the future.
Cincinnati has one of the best farm systems in baseball and they definitely have the prospects to deal for Jimenez. The Rockies will be able to find impact players in the Reds organization if the two make a deal.
3. Cleveland Indians
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The Cleveland Indians have been one of the most surprising teams in the MLB this year. Cleveland has had problems with the back end of their rotation and adding Jimenez would give them a huge boost.
Cleveland has the top prospects that the Rockies are looking for in return for Jimenez. Troy Renck of the Denver Post has stated that the Indians were willing to talk about top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz. He would likely be the biggest piece of a deal for Jimenez.
2. Boston Red Sox
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Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman is reporting that the Boston Red Sox are one of the teams that are still in on Ubaldo Jimenez. If the Yankees were to deal for another starting pitcher, the Red Sox would increase their pursuit of Jimenez.
Boston has been trying to figure out who to fill out their rotation for a while now. They have Kevin Milwood in Triple-A but they have not called up him. The Red Sox have the top prospects to deal if they want to acquire Jimenez.
1. New York Yankees
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According to ESPN's Tim Kurkjian, the New York Yankees have stepped up their pursuit of Ubaldo Jimenez. This move would certainly make sense for the Yankees.
Jimenez would be a huge addition to the Yankees rotation and could make them the AL favorites. New York has the prospects to trade for Jimenez such as Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos.