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Reds have Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez “on their radar”

Jul 12, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds “have Ubaldo Jimenez on their radar” but also says “the Rockies will not trade Jimenez unless it is a perfect fit” and “the Reds are not certain buyers.”

In other words … who knows.

Rosenthal notes that the Reds, at 45-47 and four games back in the NL Central, aren’t sure yet whether they’ll be buying or selling come July 31. If they sell, veterans like Francisco Cordero and Ramon Hernandez will be shopped.

If they buy, then a potential top-of-the-rotation starter like Jimenez certainly would make sense and they could try to entice the Rockies by packaging a young starter like Homer Bailey or Mike Leake with first base prospect Yonder Alonso. Of course, if Colorado starts to actively shop Jimenez then Cincinnati will hardly be the only team interested.

Jimenez’s overall numbers aren’t pretty, but he’s pitched much better of late, was fantastic last season while throwing 222 innings with a 2.88 ERA, and is a 27-year-old under team control via reasonable salaries through 2014. Colorado should be asking a ton for him.

  1. Jonny 5 - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Imagine the mushroom cloud over Cinci when Dusty explodes THIS kids arm…….. I bet I could see it from my back yard, in Jersey.

  2. SmackSaw - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Johnnie B. is a meat grinder.

  3. seanmk - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    i would think the yankees would HAVE to be interested, and have pieces that fit

    • kingbuccaneer - Jul 12, 2011 at 10:38 PM

      They are DEF interested and they DEF have the pieces that Colorado would want in return…

  4. paperlions - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    As a Cardinal fan, I would be ecstatic if the Reds traded cheap talent like Alonso and Bailey/Leake for Jimenez….who is about to get very expensive.

    • bigredmachine14 - Jul 12, 2011 at 10:27 PM

      Arroyo is cheap? He’s making $12 million to provide a 5.59 ERA.

  5. CliffC - Jul 12, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Get it done, Cashman.

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