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Colorado Demands for Jimenez Lowered, Will Yanks Bite?

By Frank Russo ~ July 28th, 2011. Filed under: Rumor Mill.

The Yankees are still exploring a trade for Colorado ace Ubaldo Jimenez. According to a source, Dan O’ Dowd has excluded Manny Banuelos from the negotiations and has asked for a package of Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, and two pitchers. One of those arms could be Dellin Betances.

The reason for the inclusion of both Montero and Romine is because the Rockies view Montero more as a first baseman. Romine’s inclusion is intriguing since they already have their own catching prospect Wilin Rosario at Double-A Tulsa. It’s never a bad idea to have depth at the catching position.

As I said in prior reports, some in the Yankees organization are curious as to availability of Jimenez. They wonder if there is a possible injury. Expect a contingency of scouts for his start on Saturday in San Diego.

Frank is a resident of East Brunswick, NJ and former radio announcer. He is a 4th generation Republican and Yankees Fan. He also enjoys listening to talk radio. His favorite announcer is Shawn Hannity of “Hannity” on FOX and enjoys reading about military history. In addition to rooting for the Yankees, he also has a passion for the New York Islanders. You can enjoy Frank’s work at The Dead Ball Era and his book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown”. Check out his “Rants and Raves” on New York Baseball Digest.
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6 Responses to Colorado Demands for Jimenez Lowered, Will Yanks Bite?

  1. Chuck Johnson

    Take away the first half of 2009, and Jimenez is a .500 pitcher.

    He’s under team control til after the 2014 season.

    He plays for a team who has contended for the postseason in recent seasons and actually made the postseason twice, and is maybe a player or two away from contending again.

    He’s either injured or the biggest clubhouse cancer since Mike Greenwell.

    Either way, he’s not worth mortgaging an already thin farm system.


    And if this isn’t enough, the Yankees will have scouts watching Eric Bedard’s start on Friday.

    Sheesh..things really aren’t THAT bad, right?

  2. Ryan Kelley

    Who’s the source that said O’Down lowered the asking price to include Montero, Romine, and two pitchers?

    If this is true, and the Yankees could get Jiminez (and keep him from the Red Sox) for Montero, Romine, Betances and Nova I think they should consider it. If they could somehow pry Montero’s name and Nova’s name out of the mix and add in Phil Hughes and Brandon Laird life would be perfect. They’d have Jiminez in the rotation, Nova as a great long-man or as a very solid starter, and would fill their Prince fielder fix with Montero next season. How could the Rockies turn down a package of Hughes, Romine, Betances and Laird? That’s better than Ranaudo, Middlebrooks, Wieland and/or Lavarnway by a ton and the Reds aren’t giving up Mesoraco or Chapman…

  3. Frank Russo

    Ryan Kelley,

    The “source” ia an executive with complete knowledge of the situation. Phil Hughes and Brandon Laird’s names have not come up in any discussion so far. The Red Sox really don’t have enough talent at the minor league level to give the Rockies.

  4. Daler

    DOD knew he wasn’t getting all 4. He’ll settle on sat for betances n romine

  5. Anonymous

    Why would Rockies trade ubaldo jimenez
    Ubaldo still has lots to learn some stuff

  6. Brandon

    That is a bad trade they could have traded Alex rodriguez or derec jeter for ubaldo Jimenez or Rockies would leave and ask redsox for David Ortiz redsox would not even think about it they would not dare to trade David Ortiz for ubaldo jemenez Rockies should keep ubaldo

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