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Indians join pursuit of Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez

Jul 27, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

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The Rockies are asking the moon for starter Ubaldo Jimenez, which they have the right to do given his recent success and team-friendly contract. But the Yankees don’t seem interested in unloading their farm system, and neither do the Red Sox and Reds.

Perhaps a different suitor will yield a match.

According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Indians have joined the hunt for Jimenez and are believed to be “strongly in the mix” to land him.

Cleveland is aiming to make a high-impact deal at this week’s deadline in order to remain afloat in the American League Central. The Tribe even made a hard run at Carlos Beltran before he nixed the trade.

Jimenez, 27, has registered an underwhelming 4.20 ERA and 1.34 WHIP through 122 innings this season, but he was a legitimate ace in 2010 for Colorado and is owed only $4.2 million in 2012. His contract also includes inexpensive options for 2013 ($5.75 million, $1 million buyout) and 2014 ($8 million, $1 million buyout).

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    The Jays are serious about Jiminez and still have plenty of prospects they could trade for him without depleting their farm system.

  2. ispysomething7 - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Might make sense for the Indians. They get no-hit, but score a run. They need better arms.

    • ljl2 - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:34 AM

      apparently, you haven’t actually followed them since its been their pitching that has kept them in games all year and the batting that has let them down…

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