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Red Sox, Indians still targeting Ubaldo Jimenez

Jul 29, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

Ubaldo Jimenez AP

According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Red Sox are “aggressively pursuingUbaldo Jimenez, while others think the Indians are a “big threat” to land the Rockies right-hander.

Heyman says the Reds and Blue Jays also remain interested and that the Yankees are lurking.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark, on the other hand, reports that the Yankees’ interest “seems to be waning” and that they may now be focused more on Hiroki Kuroda.

From the Rockies’ perspective, the Indians might be a more attractive suitor than the Red Sox.  In Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, they have two pitching prospects superior to any that Boston can offer.  Not that they’d necessarily be willing to part with both.  But they can build an offer around one of the two and maybe outfielder Nick Weglarz.  They’d almost certainly have the best shot of landing Jimenez if they were willing to trade one of the two pitchers and either third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall or second baseman Jason Kipnis.

The Red Sox can’t match that top-level talent, not after trading both Anthony Rizzo and Casey Kelly for Adrian Gonzalez over the winter.  They do have a lot of depth, though, and they could potentially offer the Rockies four or five significant prospects for Jimenez and outfielder Ryan Spilborghs.

An Ubaldo trade looked like a long shot a week ago, and it’s still likely less than 50/50 to get done.  But the way the rumors are heating up suggests that the odds have gotten shorter these last 48 hours.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Wow! A Nick Weglarz rumor. (Nick is a Canuck.) If the Jays really are zeroing in on Jimenez, then A. A. will make a hurculean effort to land the big fish.

  2. Ari Collins - Jul 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    I won’t be crushed if Boston doesn’t get him. The Rockies don’t need to trade him, and if they do, there’s plenty of other teams that would want him. So it’s not that likely, and the Sox are the best team in baseball even without him.

    But it would sure be amazing to have him for this year. And the next two!

    • spudchukar - Jul 29, 2011 at 3:55 PM

      Best team in baseball with the 21st ranked pitching staff. Bludgeoning teams works during the regular season, but come play-off time pitching usually dominates. The Red Sox need pitching, and any suggestions to the contrary is actually denial.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:19 PM

        If I could give you 2 thumbs up my friend I would. Unfortunately 1 will have to do.

      • derpdederpdederp - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:42 PM

        Theo is gonna get him. He already put together a fearsome offense with a young core. Having Lester and Jimenez at the front end of the rotation for the next few years would be unreal, especially with that explosive offense supporting them. Theo traded most of the farm for A-Gon, it makes sense to trade the rest to build a team that will be dominant for the next 5 years

      • Ari Collins - Jul 29, 2011 at 9:45 PM

        Yes, but the problem has been the #4 and #5 pitchers. The Red Sox will do BETTER in the playoffs, since it will remove their one weakness: the back of the rotation.

      • derpdederpdederp - Jul 30, 2011 at 2:05 AM

        true, but right now they have no #3 starter and things aren’t looking great for Buchholz. obviously Ubaldo would be a huge addition for their depleted pitching staff

  3. buckybadger - Jul 29, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    I think the Rockies should keep him. I am partial living in Denver but where else are they going to get his talent at that price. Rockies, even with this awful year, have about a 3 year window to put it all together don’t get rid of him now. As mentioned before this really more to see if they can get a “Hershal Walker” type deal.

    I am not sure the Red Sox should go after him. As good as he is I don’t see him flourishing in a large market.

  4. barklikeadog - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Go Tribe!

  5. baseballisboring - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    The fact that they’re shopping him so aggressively makes me a little nervous as a Sox fan, if we are indeed pursuing him. Given that he’s lost a few MPH off his fastball I have to wonder if the Rockies know something we don’t. But I do have trust issues…

  6. stackers1 - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    I say watch out for the Yankees here. Brian Cashman can keep his mouth shut better than any GM I know of. You never hear anything & then BOOM – a major deal is done. And I could be wrong, but I think they have the prospects to get it done.

  7. bigtrav425 - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    If i could NOT giev up White and Drew id be all about getting Jimenez….Alex White is going to be a stud and Drew P looks like he will be to

  8. bigtrav425 - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    give*

  9. cannedhaggis - Jul 30, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    The Rox need to keep Ubaldo and ditch their GM, Dan Odowd, and the pitching coach, Apodaca! They are both senile and useless!

    • dan1111 - Jul 30, 2011 at 4:11 AM

      Two playoff appearances in the last four years on a low budget, and finally developing some good pitching at 5,000 feet? If that’s senile and useless, then under a good GM the Rockies would have cured cancer and conquered the world by now.

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