New York Yankees: Bombers Pass on Ubaldo Jimenez as Indians Acquire Ace

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IJuly 31, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 24:  Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez #38 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on July 24, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 7-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Going into Satuday, just 24 hours until the July 31 trade deadline, we all wondered if the Yankees would make the move to get Ubaldo Jimenez from the Colorado Rockies.

Turns out, the Yankees decided it was best to pass up on the Rockies ace and let another team take their chances on him.

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Cleveland Indians will acquire Jimenez in exchange for pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, first basemen Matt McBride and outfielder Joe Gardner.

Jimenez was on the mound pitching for the Rockies Saturday night but was pulled after the first inning when the deal with Cleveland was finalized.

When the rumors of Jimenez being on the block first started, it was reported that the Rockies wanted catcher Jesus Montero and pitchers Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Ivan Nova, a deal the Yankees refused to take any part of.

The Rockies reportedly dropped their demand of Banuelos out of the package, but the Yankees were still extremely hesitant to make that deal for Jimenez.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees asked Colorado if they could give Jimenez a physical if a deal was about to happen. The Rockies said no, which led to the Yankees passing.

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If the Rockies weren't being honest and open with Jimenez and his health, then the Yankees had to pass on Jimenez.

With less than 24 hours to go, it still leaves the Yankees searching for answers.

Hiroki Kuroda of the Los Angeles Dodgers will not waive his no-trade clause and will stay with the Dodgers.

Rich Harden of the Oakland A's is on the verge of being dealt to the Red Sox.

The Yankees also called on Francisco Liriano again, in which they were told that the lefty was not available.

Erik Bedard of the Seattle Mariners absolutely stunk in his return off the DL against the Tampa Bay Rays, as he was not able to get through two innings.

The options on the trade market are almost gone.

Unless the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman waves his magic wand and pulls out a deal from who knows where, it looks like the Yankees might be missing out on the chance to add a starting pitcher.

Less than 24 hours to go.

The clock is ticking on Cashman.

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