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Why did the Yankees end their pursuit of Ubaldo Jimenez?

Jul 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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As recently as yesterday afternoon Tim Kurkjian of ESPN reported that the Yankees were “all over” Ubaldo Jimenez, but once the Rockies ace was traded to the Indians much different details emerged about New York’s interest level.

According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger the Yankees’ pursuit of Jimenez essentially ended several days ago when the Rockies refused to let him take a pre-trade physical exam and scared off general manager Brian Cashman with their prospect demands.

Given that the Rockies ended up with an impressive four-player package led by Drew Pomeranz and Alex White it’s easy to see why the Yankees may have balked at their asking price, which Carig reports as Ivan Nova plus two of Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, or Jesus Montero.

However, with the Yankees believing Jimenez’s drop in velocity could be a major red flag they insisted on studying his health before getting too deep in talks and the Rockies’ resistance to that basically made the asking price a moot point. And that’s a big part of how the most coveted starting pitcher on the trade market ended up in Cleveland.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    That is interesting. I’m going to state the obvious here: to me it says that there is something wrong with his shoulder/elbow and the Indians just got fleeced.

    • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:21 AM


      In any case Drew hit it on the head: Jiminez “ended up” in Cleveland. Is it safe to flip your cigarette into the river now?

      • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:25 AM

        I mean Aaron.

        Edit function!

        Edit function!


      • ditto65 - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:25 AM

        The river catches fire ONE time…

      • bigharold - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:19 PM

        Come on gator, .. the edit function is for sissies.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Twice. It caught fire in an issue of Howard the Duck, too.

    • ditto65 - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:30 AM

      I don’t count that one. I don’t like ducks.

      • fribnit - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:59 AM

        I love Ducks, they are delicious…

      • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:20 AM

        Especially when cooked in their own river….

    • mikeinthevine - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      Jesus,that happened what, forty years ago? Why don’t you clowns get some new material?

      • ditto65 - Jul 31, 2011 at 1:22 PM

        Sorry, but the burning river thing is timeless.

  3. pisano - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Good move by the Yankees, he wasn’t worth what they were asking for him. I think this thing with Phil Hughes drop in velocity opened their eyes. Hughes isn’t near the pitcher he was because of the so called dead arm. Ivan Nova most likely replaced him in the rotation last night, and he has nowhere to go but up. While I was hoping for some kind of upgrade it looks like the Yankees will stay with what they have.

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:07 AM

      Yeah, the guys got a little nervous after Nova loaded the bases in the 1st, so they took a little extra BP in the bottom half.
      Helped calm him down.

  4. housebroken dad - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    At this point, why don’t the Yankees just give up a couple mid-level prospects for Wandy? Seems like a good fit and Houston is certainly willing to fire sale.

    • pisano - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:42 PM

      That’s sounds like a winner, but will the Astro’s accept mid level talent? remember most teams feel when the Yankees make a move it’s because they’re pressed to do so and they try to get the Yankees to over pay as the Rockies just tried with Jimenez. We’ll see what happens in the next few hours.

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