MLB Trade Rumors: Colorado Rockies to Be Buyers at the Trade Deadline

Oliver VanDervoort@bovandyCorrespondent IJuly 13, 2011

Ubaldo Jimenez isn't going anywhere
Ubaldo Jimenez isn't going anywhereRob Carr/Getty Images

As we grow closer and closer to the MLB trade deadline, there are going to be literally hundreds of different names and rumors tossed about.  

Who is going where, and for whom?  

How much is Team A willing to part with in order to get that big bat or go-to pitcher they need for the stretch run?  

Just how empty does the park have to be in order for Team B to admit they should be sellers?

One of the names that will be bandied about quite healthily until July 31st comes and goes is Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. But in the end, the 27-year-old ace will most likely will stay with the Rox simply because the asking price could—and should—be too high.

While Ubaldo is having a pretty disappointing season on a team that is suddenly having a pretty disappointing season, we're still talking about a pitcher that posted 19 wins and a 2.52 earned run average last season in a city that is notorious for being a place in which it's impossible to put up good pitching stats, especially ERA.

This year, Ubaldo is currently sitting at 4-8 with a 4.14 earned run average, but that overall record belies the fact that over his last five starts he's gone 3-1 with a 3.08 E.R.A.  

In other words, after struggling with some injury problems earlier in the year, Jimenez is returning to the form that got him the Cy Young.

If the Rockies want to retain or return to contender status in an incredibly weak NL West, they'll need to keep the only ace the franchise has ever really had.

What's more, perhaps due to the traditional lack of strength in the division, the Rockies aren't completely certain they are going to be sellers at all.  

Despite being 8.5 games behind the defending-champion San Francisco Giants, Dan O'Dowd told MLB.com that instead of spending his time trying to find a taker for Ubaldo, he's actually looking to add pieces.  

In particular, O'Dowd wants to add a dependable strike thrower to the back of his rotation.  

The Rockies have already added Mark Ellis to bolster an offense that has struggled thanks to injuries to key players.  

O'Dowd is apparently actively looking to add another bat and won't stop looking at least until he can be certain his team has no shot of contending.  

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