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Rosenthal: Tigers willing to part with No. 1 prospect for Ubaldo Jimenez

Jul 29, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

Ubaldo Jimenez Getty Images’s Ken Rosenthal says the Tigers have strong interest in Ubaldo Jimenez and that they’re willing to give up their most prized minor leaguer to get him.

That minor leaguer would be 20-year-old Jacob Turner, who has gone 3-5 with a 3.48 ERA and a 90/32 K/BB ratio in 113 2/3 innings for Double-A Erie this season.  He’s one of baseball’s top 10 pitching prospects, and the Rockies were certain to require him as part of a Jimenez deal.

Of course, it sounds like the Rockies are holding out for at least two and preferably three top prospects in return for their ace.  The Tigers are pretty shallow when it comes to prospects, though they do have a very promising third baseman in Nick Castellanos to potentially pair with Turner.

As mentioned earlier, the Red Sox and Indians are also in pursuit of Jimenez.

  1. stinkythumbs - Jul 29, 2011 at 8:26 PM


  2. derpdederpdederp - Jul 29, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    just remember how sneaky Theo was and how little he said when he signed Crawford….Jimenez will be a Red Sox very very soon

    • derpdederpdederp - Jul 29, 2011 at 10:36 PM

      so much hate for the Red Sox on this site

      • dan1111 - Jul 30, 2011 at 4:02 AM

        I’m a Sox fan, and I agree it would be fun to see them get Jimenez. However, they generally don’t make this kind of blockbuster deal. They let some other team lose their cool and give up the farm.

      • derpdederpdederp - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM

        true, but Theo has made some big moves at the deadline and if there was ever a time for a another one this is it. considering 3 of our best prospects are already gone I could see him giving up the rest to round out his team. the Red Sox need pitching and I hope Theo’s experiences with Penny and Smoltz don’t lead him to pick up a guy like Harden. Ubaldo would look great in a Red Sox uni

  3. damnyankee13 - Jul 29, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Like they got Arod a few years ago?LOL Personally, if the Tigers do land him good luck. I believe yall will pay to high a price for him. He not worth it.And I hope the Yankees DONT land him.

    • derpdederpdederp - Jul 30, 2011 at 1:49 AM

      they did get A-rod but the union quashed the deal. good riddance, you guys can have the scumbag

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Turner may be Detroit’s top prospect, but that does not mean much. He is being offered because compared to other teams, he is not a top prospect and may never make it to the majors.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 29, 2011 at 10:10 PM

      BA has him as the 11th best prospect in baseball.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2011 at 10:13 PM

        The curse of BA. They have been wrong much too often.

      • Ari Collins - Jul 29, 2011 at 10:35 PM

        Oh? Do you have another source that thinks less of him? Or have you scouted him extensively yourself?

        BA is not the only source, by any means. But they talk to a LOT of scouts. And when a prospect flames out, that doesn’t mean they were “wrong.” Prospects fail to adjust to the majors all the time, but nearly every player in the majors was a prospect at some point.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2011 at 8:10 AM

        Hi Ari. My other source is the team that is willing to trade him. If he is as good as projected by BA, why trade him? He is a 20 year old kid who should be in Single A not Double A where his confidence is being eroded because of too many losses.

  5. Ari Collins - Jul 29, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Then Knobler tweets that the Indians and Tigers are (for now) out of it, and it’s down to (who else) the Sox and Yankees.

  6. polegojim - Jul 30, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    And if this happens, Mr. O’Dowd should follow him out of Colorado. Done, finished, gone.

    Another Rockies true baseball star is shown the door. How many? How long? How freaking sad!!!!

    Hang your hat on that World Series ‘no show’ Dan. You’re back to force-feeding Colorado another 10 years of mediocrity between small flashes of success. Waive those pom-poms & sell those hot dogs.

    • polegojim - Jul 30, 2011 at 3:08 PM

      PS – Since I’m a native Detroit fan who happens to live in CO, it’s a very nice prospect.

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