Ubaldo Jimenez Traded To Cleveland Indians After Clean Physical

And now the Ubaldo Jimenez trade to the Cleveland Indians is complete.

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Ubaldo Jimenez Trade 'Difficult Deal To Pass Up,' Says Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd

Colorado Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd spoke with the media on Sunday afternoon to discuss the Ubaldo Jimenez trade with the Cleveland Indians. O'Dowd told the media that he likely would have made this trade even if the Rockies were leading the NL West:

"If we were 10 games up and not 10 games back, (this) still would have been a difficult deal to pass up." He called the trade "a reloading deal" rather than "a rebuilding deal."

However, that could just be talk from O'Dowd to rationalize the trade. If the Rockies were 10 games up, Jimenez would likely have been pitching like he did in the first half of 2010, ending any fears of diminishing returns. But all we know is that O'Dowd did make the trade. So, I'm not sure how reliable O'Dowd's word is in this regard.

But that isn't to say it was a bad trade. It's just that O'Dowd is trying to cover any possible areas of attack. He did say that he was taught to make a deal before it was too late. And holding onto Jimenez for much longer could have ruined his trade value.

Apparently the workload Jimenez and other Rockies pitchers have put up did play into the team's decision, but that just opens up another cycle. If Jimenez's workload has ruined him, then eventually the prospects he received, Alex White and Drew Pomeranz, will also overwork themselves and be traded before their value plummets.

And as O'Dowd mentions at the end of the article, those two pitchers will make or break the deal.

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Losing Ubaldo Jimenez: When You Aren't Just Rooting For Laundry

Ubaldo Jimenez is gone, but he won't be forgotten by Colorado Rockies fans. There's too much history there.

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Ubaldo Jimenez Trade To Cleveland Indians Official, Pending Physical

In what should be a mere formality, Ubaldo Jimenez will officially become a Cleveland Indian on Sunday when he passes his physical. At that point the Rockies can receive pitchers Joe Gardner and Alex White and first baseman/outfielder Matt McBride. Left-handed starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz signed right before the 2010 trading deadline, so he can't be traded until Aug. 16. He will be listed as a player to be named later in the deal.

Dan O'Dowd commented shortly after the trade that this trade will make the team better in the "near future" and that the team used its leverage to get the best deal possible. White could potentially pitch for the Rockies later this year, while Pomeranz could be with the team this time in 2012.

Matt McBride is not quite the hitter many were expecting, but Dan O'Dowd could still make a trade for an impact bat on Sunday, the final day before the end of the non-waiver MLB Trade Deadline.

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Rockies, Indians FInally Complete Trade For Ubaldo Jimenez, According To Report

Ubaldo Jimenez did start for the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night, but Esmil Rogers was warming up concurrently with Jimenez on the pitcher's mound. And Jimenez struggled out there, allowing four runs in a laboring effort.

He completed the first inning of the game and then started to hug and shake hands with other players. The Rockies will receive a fourth player in the deal: Joe Gardner. He is a low-90s sinkerball pitcher who needs his changeup to develop, allowing him to become a middle of the rotation starter.

So, the Rockies receive RHP Alex White, LHP Drew Pomeranz (who can't be traded until mid-August because he signed at last year's deadline), 1B/OF Matt McBride and RHP Joe Gardner. White and Pomeranz are exceptional gets and Gardner is a nice pice. The bat of McBride is the downer part of the deal, as Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall had been speculated at one point.

Welcome new players and a fond farewell to Ubaldo Jimenez (who deserved better than this treatment on his final day in a Rockies uniform).

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Ubaldo Jimenez Trade To Cleveland On Hold As Pitcher Starts On Saturday Night

Despite reports that Ubaldo Jimenez will be traded to the Cleveland Indians, the pitcher came out on Saturday night and started against the San Diego Padres. This is certainly an odd move if a trade is close to happening. The chance of an injury occurring is always there, putting the sword to any proposed trade.

According to ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes, the Boston Red Sox are still attempting to trade for Jimenez. With the Indians and Red Sox both bidding for him, as the deal is apparently not done, why would the Rockies even have Jimenez start?

This is a perplexing series of events on Saturday evening and if this plays into Sunday, we may be in for an even wilder ride. Could Dan O'Dowd pull off an even greater heist than expected?

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Ubaldo Jimenez Trade Sends Rockies Pitcher To Cleveland Indians, According To Report

After weeks of speculation, the Colorado Rockies did indeed trade 27-year-old pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, according to multiple reports. He was sent to the Cleveland Indians for these reported three prospects: RHP Drew Pomeranz, LHP Alex White and 1B/OF Matt McBride.

UPDATE: Jimenez is starting and the deal is on hold.

White was the Indians' No. 2 prospect according to Baseball America before the start of the season. Drafted out of North Carolina in 2009, White works with a low- to mid-90s fastball that reached 95 mph. His splitter is a plus pitch and his slider has developed over the last two seasons.

Pomeranz was drafted in the first round of 2010 and reached No. 4 on the Indians' Baseball America prospect list. He throws a fastball that reaches 96 and has a 12-to-6 knuckle curveball. His changeup is still progressing.

Matt McBride hit .297 with the Double-A team this year with 14 homers but has struggles since a promotion to Triple-A.

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