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 CBSSports.com'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 SI.com'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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