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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 FOXSports.com, 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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