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Ubaldo Jimenez wants to finish his career with the Rockies

Jul 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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As rumors swirl around the Rockies’ asking price for Ubaldo Jimenez and various teams’ interest level in the 27-year-old right-hander, Jimenez made it clear yesterday that he’s not looking to be traded and wants to remain in Colorado for the rest of his career, telling Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post:

As a player, you always want to be on the same team for your whole career. I’d like to finish my career here, but that’s something you can’t control. Baseball is a really good game, but there’s a business side. You want to be an example when you talk to other guys about being in the organization. You always want to set a good example for guys coming from another team or the minor leagues. They’ll do what’s best for the team.

Jimenez signed with the Rockies out of the Dominican Republic as a 17-year-old, so he’s been in the organization for 11 years. He also inked a long-term contract extension in January of 2009 that keeps him under team control through 2014, which has actually made him a more attractive trade target.

And unlike most pitchers Jimenez’s career numbers suggest that he wouldn’t benefit a ton from no longer calling Coors Field home, as he has a 3.68 ERA in 413 innings in Colorado compared to a 3.51 ERA in 425 innings on the road. His numbers would likely be better elsewhere because every pitcher would benefit from not having to pitch half his games at Coors Field, but so far at least Jimenez has been very well-suited for Colorado’s ballpark and the extra run support there has made him 29-19 at home versus 26-25 on the road.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    So let him.

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      Amen!

  2. Jonny 5 - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    And why would Colorado wish to trade this guy? He’s under control for 3 more seasons. I can only assume his name is out there just to see how sweet the deals will be, and if they’re not properly floored by the trade offers they keep him. I don’t think anyone will come to terms on a deal and he will remain in Colorado.

    • southpaw2k - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      Because it’s likely the Rockies wouldn’t ever get a higher value for Jimenez than now. I’m not a fan of the Yankees getting him for the next 3 seasons at all (and likely ink him to a massive long-term extension beyond that), but the Rockies have every right to see what they can get for him now, and if they can land 4 top prospects in exchange for him, why shouldn’t they make that deal?

  3. pisano - Jul 18, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Thank God, stay in Colorado, it becomes you.

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