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Jimenez: Tigers out, at least for now

Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:20 pm
The Tigers, trying hard to add a starting pitcher before Sunday's non-waiver deadline, circled back late this week to make another run at Ubaldo Jimenez, the Rockies right-hander who is the best starter on the market.

By Friday night, it appeared that attempt had failed.

According to sources, the Tigers were once again basically out of the Jimenez derby, with the door remaining only slightly open for the Tigers to come back for another try. That appears unlikely, and the Rockies were proceeding with the idea that Jimenez likely gets dealt to the Yankees, the Red Sox or to no one. The Indians and other teams have been involved in Jimenez talks, but as of Friday night, those talks seemed to be quiet.

It's not clear how strong the interest is from either New York or Boston, but both teams could use the rotation upgrade that Jimenez would provide. The Rockies have long regarded the Yankees as being the best fit, because of the wealth of prospects they could choose from, but talks between the two teams haven't been that smooth.

The Red Sox could be more motivated, with the news that Clay Buchholz is headed to California for an exam by noted back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins.

The Tigers were in on Jimenez early, but sources said that the Rockies weren't high on the Tiger prospects. It's believed that they insisted that top prospect Jacob Turner be included in any offer, and Jon Heyman of reported that they at one point asked for Turner and either Rick Porcello or Max Scherzer.

The Tigers could hardly include one of their big-league starters, since their rotation isn't deep enough, as is. The Tigers are just 4-16 when they use their fifth starter.

Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:36 pm

Jimenez: Tigers out, at least for now

The Rockies are in the driver's seat in their demands for Ubaldo Jimenez.  As much as I would enjoy seeing him in a Tiger uniform, I am not convinced he has better stuff than Rick Porcello.  Porcello, only 22 years old, is now 11-6 with a 4.50 ERA.  He has only been piching in pro ball for 4 years.  I see more upside for him, sandwiched around hard throwers in the Tiger's pitching lineup than I see for Jimenez.  History shows that Rockies pitchers suffer in the high altitude.  Post Rockies pitching records have not been consistent with what they did while in Colorado.

Let it go Tigers.  Get a fifth starter.  A 2 or 3 starter is just too expensive.  We already have them.

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