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Blue Jays “legitimately want” Ubaldo Jimenez

Jul 26, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

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It will still take an overwhelming haul for a deal to actually happen, but here’s a potential dark horse in the Ubaldo Jimenez talks.

An executive who spoke with the Blue Jays told Jayson Stark of that they “legitimately want this guy.” Jon Heyman of includes the Blue Jays among seven teams who have expressed interest in the 27-year-old right-hander. The Reds, Tigers, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers and Indians are the others.

If you want some idea of what Jimenez could cost in talent, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have asked the Reds about Cuban left-hander Arolidis Chapman, top prospect catcher Devin Mesoraco and outfielder Chris Heisey. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer earlier today that Chapman and Mesoraco were essentially untouchable, but the Rockies obviously don’t plan to settle for anything less than high-end talent.

For what it’s worth, Danny Knobler of hears that if Jimenez is traded, the Yankees have the “best chance” to get him.

  1. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    And the next post will read “Ubaldo Jimenez ‘Legitimately wants’ nothing to do with the Blue Jays”.

  2. spudchukar - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    I am more enamored by “illegitimate wants”.

  3. Ari Collins - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Seems like another team would offer more for him, considering the Jays won’t get the benefit of using him for a run this year.

    I really don’t want the Yankees to get him. He’d be pretty perfect for them, not only addressing a big need for this year and next, but he’s a great fit for their stadium as well.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    The way Morrow has pitched tonight, Colorado can have him.

    • spudchukar - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:41 PM

      I know I was ruing dropping him from my fantasy team, but now…

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:49 PM

      I just re-read this story as the Jays do not leak anything. It appears that the leak came from an executive from another team. Toronto wants talent for the long run rather than this year and could come up with a package that included Triple A first baseman David Cooper (.367 & .999 OPS) a top catching prospect and a very good Double A or Single A pitching prospect. Eric Thames is also a possibility, but I doubt that he would be traded. My point is that the Jays have the prospects to make a trade work.

      • kingbuccaneer - Jul 27, 2011 at 2:55 AM

        Yes, they have the prospects to pull this trade off but are they really going to mortgage the farm for someone that’s this inconsistent? I think no. I think they’re just driving up the cost of business for the Yankees or Red Sox.

  5. royalsfaninfargo - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    A what point can we “legitimately” realize all these rumor mongers(Heyman, Roesnthal, Stark, Morosi, Olney etc…) are out for is to get their themselves talked about?

  6. derpdederpdederp - Jul 27, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    what is the point of stating a team “legitimately wants” a player? its safe to assume that anybody that wants Jimenez legitimately wants him, otherwise they probably wouldn’t be linked to him in trade talks

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