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Ubaldo Jimenez rumors flying hot and heavy

Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 1:33 pm

By Evan Brunell

Could Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez really be on the move? Joel Sherman of the New York Post has an interesting revelation, that being that Jimenez was out of shape in the spring, which Colorado is upset about. On Jimenez's side, he's upset that Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki got massive contracts and has "shut off" pitching coach Bob Apodaca. Funny, because Apodaca said the other day that he had the most open relationship of any pitcher with Jimenez.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post couldn't stand those statements though, making a lengthy statement on Twitter about these accusations.

I don't understand the continued characterization of Jimenez nationally as a malcontent. You'd think he was Terrell Owens. It's beyond unfair. Perception isn't reality when it comes to Jimenez. If people really knew him they would realize how wrong they are about these statements. Jimenez is not mad at Tulo-CarGo.. .He signed his own contract at family's insistence. ...He and Apodaca are not on the outs. I am not questiong other people's sources.. I am just saying I have known Jimenez for five years.He's the hardest working pitcher they've ever had. He's been a role model in Latin America. A mentor to young players. He admitted he made a mistake going to Europe in January. And he should have spoken up about hip flexor in spring training. If Rox trade him. I get it. But please know it's not because he's a bad guy or teammate. There are no questions about his character. Zero.
Renck could be correct for all we know, but all due respect to the reporter -- who has been with the Rockies virtually day in and day out for years and certainly has a far better pulse of the team than Sherman -- it seems like his main argument is "I know Jimenez, and it just can't be true!" Jimenez's character appears above reproach -- not just based on Renck's comments, but over the past few years, but that doesn't mean Jimenez is not upset about the big deals or that he has decreased his working relationship with Apodaca.

The Tigers are making another run at starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies as's Danny Knobler wrote, but Colorado wants Jacob Turner or Rick Porcello, which is a tall task for Detroit to meet in any deal for Jimenez.  Also, the Red Sox have entered the race "aggressively," as's Jon Heyman reports. Also in the hunt are the Indians, Reds and Jays. And yeah, the Yankees are in the hunt too, but the the Post's Sherman hears that the Yankees value Jimenez as a No. 2, not an ace, which is affecting trade talks.

All told, it's clear that the possibility of a Jimenez deal is better than originally thought.

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Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 5:46 pm

Ubaldo Jimenez rumors flying hot and heavy

90% of these rumors have the Red Sox involved,HEAVILY involved,ALL OVER a guy...and 5% of the time they mention a prospect that they would have to give up...Ranaudo's name has been mentioned ONCE as far as I have read...yet the Yanks entire farm system is going in every trade...Detroits top guys are mentioned...The sox have no farm system to speak of and have no business even taking up space in these articles and on the news...Do you REALLY think Cashman is that stupid? Its just really annoying...

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:58 pm

Ubaldo Jimenez rumors flying hot and heavy


Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:48 pm

Ubaldo Jimenez rumors flying hot and heavy

Ubando's hotness?  He's been crap since the 2010 All-Star game. As a life long Yankee fan I hope he doesn't go there. I've seen where the Rockies want 3 top pitching prospects and Montero the catcher.   Hey, I'll trade you Ubaldo for Posada.  Keep Montero, it's not that Martin's year is what was expected, this year or next, Montero's the catcher of the future. As for the 3 pitching prospects, they have more potential than one Ubaldo, who's been mediocre for over a year. Yea, I know he was 15-1, but he pitched some of those games IN Denver, just like the last year. Going to sea level isn't going to change that, after all, not all his games this past year have been in Denver.  Let Ubaldo prove himself else-ware. Just because it's signed through 2012 doesn't mean it a good deal. Although, probably more promising than a state lotto ticket as in store.

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:22 pm

Ubaldo Jimenez rumors flying hot and heavy

"Ace? Really?  He had 1/2 and amazing season...He's mediocre at best since then."

Agreed. It's scary how similar his numbers are to A.J. Burnett's numbers while being in the A.L. East (a much tougher place to pitch than the N.L. West).  Wins, ERA, WHIP are ALL so close to each other it's like splitting hairs.

And we all know A.J. is far from being an ace. 

Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:32 pm

Ubaldo Jimenez rumors flying hot and heavy

First of all Brunell, you idiot, Bob Apodaca was asked about a "disconnection" between him and Ubaldo, and his comments were "absolutely not true at all." Second of all, it's JACOB Turner, Not Justin Turner. Good article, moron.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:26 pm

Ubaldo Jimenez rumors flying hot and heavy

Ace? Really?  He had 1/2 and amazing season...He's mediocre at best since then.

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