MLB Trade Deadline 2011: Rockies Could Move Multiple Players This Week

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Cleveland Indians In Hot Pursuit Of Ubaldo Jimenez, According To Report

While Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez is still scheduled to start on Saturday evening, the team is in "serious" negotiations with the Cleveland Indians, reports Troy Renck. Jimenez could be scratched any minute, just as the Indians scratched minor league prospect pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Alex White. Both would likely be included in any deal.

Renck believes second baseman Jason Kipnis is also a target in this trade. He would most likely become the Rockies' starting second baseman over Mark Ellis. Jon Heyman reports that the deal could be Pomeranz, Kipnis and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.

Depending on the final parameters and if it goes down, the Rockies could net three of the top four prospects in Cleveland's system. This has real legs to it and could be completed at any time. Hold tight.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Detroit Tigers Interested In Ubaldo Jimenez, Willing To Move Jacob Turner, According To Report

There's only one day left until the 2011 MLB Trade Deadline hits and rumors continue to swirl that Ubaldo Jimenez could be traded. The latest rumors concern the Detroit Tigers. Previously thought to be against including RHP Jacob Turner, it now appears that the Tigers are willing to move him in a deal. So report Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman. Both, however, offer slightly different information on the situation.

Heyman believes the Rockies have asked the Tigers for Turner and one of either Rick Porcello or Max Scherzer. Both are on the major league club. Rosenthal, meanwhile, states that the Tigers are not willing to move anyone on the major league club in a deal for Jimenez.

Where does that leave the Rockies? Still looking for some team to blink at the trade deadline. But Turner would certainly be a good get as part of a deal for Jimenez. He works his fastball in the 92-94 range and can kick it up to 96. He's worked on his curveball and changeup to become one of the top prospects in the game.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Boston Red Sox 'Aggressively Pursuing' Ubaldo Jimenez, According To Report

More trade rumors swirl around Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, as the 2011 MLB Trade Deadline is just two days away. Long thought to be out of the pursuit for Ubaldo Jimenez, the Boston Red Sox are now "aggressively" seeking the pitcher, according to Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman. Boston's rotation is shaky with Clay Buchholz's bad back and the ups-and-downs of the rest of the staff. However, most previous reports have indicated that Boston lacks the impact minor leaguers the Rockies are seeking.

Heyman also mentions that the Cleveland Indians, the Cincinnati Reds and the Toronto Blue Jays are also still in on Jimenez. Oh, but the New York Yankees are also there as well. However, the New York Post's Joel Sherman says talks between the Yankees and the Rockies have not gone well. Of course, Sherman also characterizes Jimenez as an upset pitcher with whom the Rockies are mad.

Don't expect any conclusion to this matter until after the 2 p.m. MT trade deadline on Sunday.

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Making Sense Of Ubaldo Jimenez Trade Rumors

Ubaldo Jimenez is an incredible pitcher, and that is precisely why he is on the trading block.


MLB Trade Rumors: Reds Offered Aroldis Chapman, Devin Mesoraco In Ubaldo Jimenez Trade Talks, According To Report

The Cincinnati Reds are most assuredly talking with the Colorado Rockies about Ubaldo Jimenez. Supposedly, the Reds don't want to give up catching prospect Devin Mesoraco, which the Rockies are OK with. They are willing to take other pieces in return. But then there's this from Tracy Ringolsby:

Sources close to the involved teams have indicated the Rockies have interest in a [Yankees package] and [from the Reds] catcher Devon Mesoraco, and pitchers Travis Wood and Homer Bailey. Word out of Cincinnati is the Reds proposed Aroldis Chapman and Edinson Volquez along with Mesoraco.

So, is Mesoraco untouchable or not? The Reds supposedly offered Mesoraco to the Rockies, which doesn't jive with other reports. And if Dan O'Dowd isn't willing to accept that kind of package from the Reds then it would seem that there's no deal anywhere for him to consummate.

And according to Ken Rosenthal, the Reds prefer to trade for the Rays' James Shields, who may not be available. Rosenthal additionally reported that the Indians are interested as well. His source says the team matches up well with what the Rockies want in return, but elaborates no further.

The MLB Trade Deadline, don't you love it?

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Rockies, Reds Talk Ubaldo Jimenez, Prospects

Are the Colorado Rockies ready to trade Ubaldo Jimenez? While nothing appears imminent, the Rockies are working the phones with the Cincinnati Reds for the 27-year-old pitcher. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Rockies are not wedded to acquiring either catcher Devin Mesoraco or infielder Billy Hamilton, both of who are supposedly untouchable. Mesoraco is a power bat who can hit for average and has good skills behind the plate. Hamilton is a speedy switch-hitter who can play either middle infield position. It's easy to understand the Reds' position on the two.

Rosenthal indicates that the Rockies would still take other "big" pieces. Could that mean first baseman Yonder Alonso, who was just promoted to the majors? Pitchers Travis Wood, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey could be part of any deal, as speculated earlier this month.

Or the Rockies could say "no" and decide to keep him. No one in Denver is reporting that the Rockies are intent on dealing him, just the other cities' media.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Boston Red Sox Interested In Ryan Spilborghs

There are only four days left until the 2011 MLB Trade Deadline hits and the Colorado Rockies have multiple players who could be traded. Might the Rockies and the Boston Red Sox engage in trade discussions? Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are interested in backup outfielder Ryan Spilborghs.

The Red Sox are looking to shore up their bench and Spilborghs wouldn't require much in compensation. He is hitting .219/.298/.317, well below his career line of .273/.347/.426. The Rockies and the Red Sox are no strangers to making deals, as the former picked up Manny Delcarmen last August for Chris Balcom-Miller.

Abraham also indicates that the Red Sox might actually prefer Ty Wigginton over Ryan Spilborghs. Wigginton can play first and third base and left field (just overlook Tuesday's miscue there that sent the Rockies to defeat). The Rockies could wind up trading both players before the deadline.

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Jason Giambi Injury Complicates Trade Status

On Monday night, Jason Giambi entered the Colorado Rockies game with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a pinch-hitter for Mark Ellis. He hit into what should have been an out, but Jamey Carroll committed a throwing error. However, it became apparent when he reached first base that Giambi was injured. He left the game with a quad injury.

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, this could result in Giambi heading to the disabled list. If so, the team will not be able to move him at the trade deadline if they were so inclined to. However, that doesn't preclude a waiver trade in August, but at that point the Rockies may not find any takers.

While he neither wants to go on the disabled list nor move to another team, he and the Rockies will discuss things if a trade could happen. As has been suggested by Renck, the Rockies could trade Giambi and then bring him back as a free agent in the offseason. He likes Colorado and is reportedly a good clubhouse guy.

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Ubaldo Jimenez Trade Rumors: Deal Is '50-50' At This Point, According To Report

We're roughly six days away from the 2011 MLB Deadline and Ubaldo Jimenez's trade status is still up in the air. Most reports have a Jimenez trade as a long shot given the Colorado Rockies' stance on need to receive a king's ransom for him. But now Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi is tweeting that his source believes a deal could be "50-50" at this moment.

That would seem to indicate that there are teams thinking about paying the Rockies' asking price for the 27-year-old pitcher. The Cincinnati Reds are still interested, having been the first team connected with Jimenez. Would the Reds trade catcher Devin Mesoraco or Yonder Alonso? Pitchers Homer Bailey, Mike Leake, Travis Wood and Edinson Volquez have all been connected in recent weeks.

With the Rockies expected to make a few moves before the trade deadline, much work remains to be done.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Rockies Could Move Rafael Betancourt, Jason Giambi And Ty Wigginton This Week

The 2011 MLB Trade deadline is just under a week away and the Colorado Rockies are expected to make a few moves. While they won't be making moves to cement any sort of position in the playoff race, they are likely to move pieces to contenders that need to fill holes.

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that two talent evaluators believe the Rockies will trade Rafael Betancourt this week.  Betancourt has seen his light dim this season, his ERA increasing nearly a full point from last year (3.61 to 4.31) and his FIP is in the mid-3.00s rather than in the 2.00s he put up for the Rockies the last two seasons. His batting average on balls in play (BABIP) has also gone up to .321 from .303. Betancourt signed an extension with the Rockies that pays him $4 million in 2012 and $4.25 million in a 2013 mutual option.

Olney also has sources who believe that the Rockies will trade Jason Giambi and Ty Wigginton. Giambi could be a good pick up for an American League team looking for a designated hitter, as he has 10 home runs this season. The return might not be great on Giambi given his age and desire to stay in Colorado. Wigginton could be moved to a team who needs a player versatile enough to play the outfield, first base and third base. He has one year left on his contract as well as a 2013 option.

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Colorado Rockies Trade Rumors: Chris Iannetta Could Be Traded To Make Way For Wilin Rosario

The Denver Post's Troy Renck reports that the Colorado Rockies could move catcher Chris Iannetta as part of a plan to call up top prospect Wilin Rosario. Trade rumors about Iannetta first appeared last week, indicating that the Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates were interested. Renck throws out the San Francisco Giants as possible destination since it would help a division rival.

Renck seems certain that the Rockies will have Rosario on the roster at some point:

It would surprise no one if Rosario joins the Rockies on Aug. 1 or soon thereafter. He has enjoyed decent success in Double-A Tulsa, hitting .260 with 16 home runs and 36 RBIs. More importantly, he's improved defensively and had no setbacks with his surgically repaired right knee.

Rosario did miss the second half of the 2010 season after injuring his knee, preventing a 2010 call up.

Renck also runs down some more information on Ubaldo Jimenez, stating that the Rockies do want that "Herschel Walker-type deal" he originally reported and that teams are balking at giving up three top prospects for him.

At this point, the Rockies are more likely to trade pieces such as Chris Iannetta, Ty Wigginton, Ryan Spilborghs or Eric Young Jr. We have a week to see if any of those players move.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates Interested In Chris Iannetta

The Colorado Rockies will certainly make a move or two at the MLB Trade Deadline, most likely to move parts and salaries in a season that is slipping away. While Ubaldo Jimenez still remains the big name out there, Aaron Cook and a trio of relievers have also been mentioned as possible trade candidates. Another name has begun to pop up in rumors: catcher Chris Iannetta, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.

The Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates are the two teams specifically mentioned as being interested in the 28-year-old catcher. The Indians have Carlos Santana, who also plays first base. He has 15 home runs this season but also a .225 batting average in 320 at-bats. Lou Marson is Santana's backup. The Pirates have Michael McKenry, former Rockies prospect, playing catcher for them as Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit are both injured.

The Red Sox may also be interested, but, like the Rockies' interest in trading Iannetta, it's not actively seeking a trade for him right now.

Iannetta is hitting .224/.376/.412 with 10 home runs this season, but he has been the subject of controversy among Rockies fans for years. He has lost his starting job to Yorvit Torrealba and Miguel Olivo over the last few seasons.

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MLB Trade Deadline 2011: Jason Giambi Drawing Interest

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that multiple teams have called the Colorado Rockies about first baseman Jason Giambi.

Sources: #Rockies drawing interest in Giambi. His preference is to stay. Team will consult him before making any move. #MLBless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply


Giambi is enjoying a resurgent offensive year as a starter, sporting a .324 batting average with a 1.249 OPS and 10 homeruns in just 19 games. His numbers have been poor as a reserve, but he still provides some value as a backup first baseman or designated hitter for an American League contender.

Since he is signed for a very reasonable contract, the acquiring team wouldn't eat much salary. The Rockies could potentially acquire a C-level prospect, such as a high upside reliever in the lower levels. This move would be similar to the New York Yankees acquiring Lance Berkman from the Houston Astros before last year's deadline -- an aging slugger with power potential in the last year of his contract. In return, the Astros received a fringe infield prospect and relief pitcher Mark Melancon It's not a huge improvement, but Giambi was such a low-risk investment for Colorado that it would make sense to pull the trigger.

With the Rockies falling farther out of the playoff race, expect to see names beyond Jason Giambi appear on the trade market.


MLB Trade Rumors: Stop Talking About Ubaldo Jimenez, Reports Jayson Stark

While this surely won't quiet all the trade rumors concerning Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, Jayson Stark's latest report on the status of those rumors is probably the closest to the truth:

An official of team that checked in on Ubaldo Jimenez says we should stop talking about him b/c Rockies never had serious intent to deal him

And that's basically what general manager Dan O'Dowd has been saying over the last week or so. He's not actively seeking to trade the star pitcher because the intention is not there. But if some team really was intent on blowing the farm for Jimenez, he would certainly listen.

But there are still 11 days left in the month and there's sure to be some speculation on whether Jimenez is on the block or not. The truth, though, will remain muddy until the afternoon of July 31.

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Ubaldo Jimenez And The Fear (Art?) Of Trade Negotiations

Colorado Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd is just following the advice of President John F. Kennedy with the current brouhaha over the Ubaldo Jimenez trade rumors.


MLB Trade Rumors: Red Sox Interested In Ubaldo Jimenez, According To Report

Of course, at some point the Boston Red Sox were going to pop up in a rumor about Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and it has arrived from (via Hardball Talk). To what extent are they interested in him is unknown, as they are also pursuing New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran before the July 31 trade deadline.

But then, which major league team wouldn't be interested in having a 27-year-old pitcher that can reach the mid- to upper-90s? The real questions are: a)do the interested teams have enough trade chips to make a trade possible? and b)does general manager Dan O'Dowd really want to trade Jimenez? O'Dowd appears to be looking for the moon and the stars to make any trade.

As Rob Neyer points about this latest trade rumor, the Sox don't have great minor-league talent to bargain with, but they do need pitching help in a thin rotation. Doesn't seem like Dan O'Dowd will be talking too much with the Red Sox.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Reds Looking At Package For Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez

All those trade rumors about the Colorado Rockies taking calls on Ubaldo Jimenez began last week when Ken Rosenthal reported that the Cincinnati Reds were interested in trading for the pitcher. While there are reportedly a dozen or teams interested in acquiring Jimenez, the New York Yankees do appear more often than not in the rumors coming out on a dailt basis.

But now the Reds have emerged again with a supposed package, reports Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman (who also brought the names of Yankees prospects the Rockies desire): 1B Yonder Alonso, LHP Travis Wood and RHP Edinson Volquez. Alonso has been transitioning to left field with difficulty, but he is hitting .299 with an .874 OPS with 11 home runs. He could be a power bat to take over for Todd Helton while playing the outfield until then. Wood, 24, has been inconsistent with a 5.11 ERA in 16 major league starts. He was sent back to the minors after his June 20 start. Volquez had Tommy John surgery and a 50-game suspension since 2009 and has struggled since his return. He was recently sent to the minors.

This package certainly isn't on the level of the one the Rockies seek from New York. And in the end, all these rumors may just turn out to be smoke and mirrors.

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2011 MLB Trade Rumors: Aaron Cook, Relievers Could Be Traded

While much of the trade rumors surrounding the Colorado Rockies surround pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, the team could look to trade other players by the July 31 trade deadline. The Rockies could look to move starter Aaron Cook or some relief pitchers, Thomas Harding of reports.

Cook is no surprise, as that speculation has hounded him for months. Injury kept him out for the first two months of the season and he has struggled to establish himself in the back of the rotation. The Rockies have Greg Reynolds and Clayton Mortensen to take his spot in the rotation. And Esmil Rogers could return to the rotation in a few weeks, unless the team keeps him in the minors.

With the Rockies also falling out of the playoff race, closer Huston Street and relievers Rafael Betancourt and Matt Belisle could be moved. As Harding points out, all of them have at least one more year on their contracts and the former two have options for 2013.

For a season that began with such high hopes, trading assets is in a fall from contention is now what was expected.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Rockies Like Jesus Montero, But Not As Centerpiece For Ubaldo Jimenez

With just under two weeks to go until the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline, there are going to be a ton of rumors flying about on what teams would give up for the Colorado Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez. Supposedly the New York Yankees have talked quite a bit with the Rockies, and reportedly the Rockies have revealed the four players they want in return for Jimenez: catcher Jesus Montero and pitcher Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Ivan Nova. Nove has pitched in the majors this season as a replacement for Philip Hughes but has since returned to the minors.

Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd has denied those rumors on the four players. Now, though, Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman is reporting that:

says person w/ ties to rox: "montero will not be the centerpiece of (ubaldo) deal.'' theyll take him but not at best piece

This seems like this "person with ties to the Rockies" thinks a deal with the Yankees is all but preordained to happen. But what exactly is a "person with ties to the Rockies." Does that mean they are a team official, or is this a person who might do some consulting work for the team? We'll never know.

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Rockies Reveal Players Needed For Ubaldo Jimenez Deal With New York Yankees, Reports Jon Heyman

If the Colorado Rockies were actively looking to trade Ubaldo Jimenez for the "perfect package," as has been reported over the last week, the team has already revealed what they would want from the New York Yankees, who aren't biting. Via Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman:

rockies name price for ubaldo: montero, banuelos, betances & nova. nyy will do montero plus other pitchers (not those guys)

And as Dan O'Dowd recently remarked, the team would need something on the level of a Herschel Walker trade to get it done. That trade wound up moving 18 players and draft picks when all was said and done.

However, in his online article, Heymand merely says the Yankees are unwilling to include any of the others outside of catcher Jesus Montero. Ivan Nova is a pitcher whom the Rockies have already seen this year, while LHP Manny Baneulos and RHP Dellin Betances are frontline pitcher material.

Only two more weeks to go until the MLB trade deadline.

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Cincinnati Reds Interested In Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez, According To Report

The Cincinnati Reds are interested in trading for Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, reports Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The Reds are 45-47 through the first half of the season and could use some pitching help if they want to compete for the NL Central title, which they are four games behind. As Rosenthal points out, the Reds' interest depends on how well they perform at the start of the second half of the season.

As for the Rockies' side of things, Homer Bailey, Mike Leake or Travis Wood as a starting piece in any deal would qualify as underwhelming. As Troy Renck reports about these rumors, the Rockies do listen, but it's probably nothing more than listening. Two of the three pitchers would need to be involved to start any potential deal.

But for now I'd chalk this rumor up to wishful thinking. Even if the Rockies fell way out of contention during the start of the second half, trading Jimenez wouldn't solve any long term structural problems with the team.

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Ian Stewart, Rockies Trade Chip?

With his latest call-up, Ian Stewart is receiving a third chance to finally build on the potential he's displayed since being the team's first-round draft choice in 2003. But it's been a struggle for him ever since he broke into the majors, and now the team could be looking to trade him, speculates the Denver Post's Troy Renck. While the Rockies aren't actively discussing any trade offers, Renck apparently believes there are teams looking into trading for him.

Even if Stewart did get eight hits over the next two games (dependent on him playing in Thursday's contest), the Rockies still wouldn't be dealing from a position of great strength. And GM Dan O'Dowd could still hold onto Stewart and keep him on the roster . . . somehow.

That's the thing, really. Have the Rockies already held onto Stewart for too long? O'Dowd and the Rockies like to give as many chances as they can to their players. A 26-year-old, power hitting third baseman is an entity any team would want, but at what price or for how much longer? We have about 25 days to see what happens.


MLB Trade Deadline 2011: Rockies Add Mark Ellis, Could Look For Starting Pitching

The Colorado Rockies turned to finding a trade partner in order to fill the hole at second base the team has found itself in. What they wound up with is Mark Ellis and cash from the Oakland Athletics for Bruce Billings and a player to be named later. Whether that is a good thing or not, we'll begin to learn that on Friday when he bats second and plays second base. But as Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd told the Denver Post's Jim Armstrong recently:

"Obviously he's struggling offensively this year, so he'll fit right in," deadpanned Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd. "But we know he's a winning player. We have some guys on this team who were teammates with him over in Oakland, Jason (Giambi) in particular. So we've got a good feel on the guy."

O'Dowd went on to say that Ellis is not an impact player, so no one should start fooling themselves that this will magically make the Rockies better. A move to Coors Field is always thought to be a boon for a player, but that didn't help Jose Lopez, who was the first failed experiment at second base this season.

As has been suggested recently as well, the Rockies will also likely look to add another start by the end of the July 31 trad deadline. The Rockies just need to be in a playoff race at that point.

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