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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