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Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:39 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 9:59 pm

Jimenez leaves after one inning, ready for trade

By Matt Snyder

In one of the weirdest outings you'll ever see from a starting pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez took the mound for his soon-to-be-former team Saturday night. The Rockies were in the process of finalizing a trade that will send Jimenez to the Indians for a package of prospects, but Jimenez was scheduled to start at 5:35 p.m. PT.

And start he did. But he was awful. He allowed four walks, two doubles and four earned runs in the first inning. Interestingly, Esmil Rogers had been warming up in the Colorado bullpen since the game started. When Jimenez got to the dugout after his inning, he was greeted with a hug first by manager Jim Tracy and then followed by every single person in the dugout. On the broadcast, viewers were unable to hear and of the words being said to Jimenez, but it appeared everyone was saying bye and wishing him well at his new home.

It's unclear why the Rockies bothered to start Jimenez at all, considering Rogers was warming up in the bullpen from the get-go, but it was certainly a risky proposition -- what if he got hurt? All's well that ends well, though, as the Rockies appear to have brought in quite the haul for Jimenez.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:42 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 9:10 pm

Jimenez to be traded to Indians

By Matt Snyder

Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez's name has been front and center for much of the past two weeks in trade talk, and it appears he will finally be traded. CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler is reporting it will happen sometime before the deadline. Still, it's not 100 percent and Jimenez is even making his scheduled start at San Diego Saturday night. Of course, Esmil Rogers began warming up in the bullpen in the first inning, so it looks like the deal could be finalized during the game. UPDATE: After throwing one inning, Jimenez was greeted with hugs from the entire team and coaching staff in the dugout. Thus, it appears he's leaving and everyone was saying their good-byes.

Despite the rampant rumors for weeks, Jimenez has remained professional, according to his manager.

"He's been very, very professional about moving this thing off to the side," Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Scott Miller of CBSSports.com. "During the course of the last week or so, there have been so many things swirling, not only around him but around others, that you wonder where some of these things originate. ... I'm a big believer in that you stay focused and work on the things within your control. And none of us have control over this."

Jimenez, 27, is 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 116 strikeouts in 122 innings this season. He was stellar in 2010, however, and finished third in NL Cy Young voting. He's really cheap for the next three seasons with team-friendly options taking him through 2014. So this isn't necessarily the Indians mortgaging the future for 2011. Jimenez will be their ace for at least 3 1/2 seasons. But they did pay handsomely for him.

Knobler reports the Rockies will receive prospects Drew Pomeranz, Alex White and Matt McBride heading to Colorado.

Pomeranz, 22, is a big catch. He was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft. He's got a 1.98 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 91 innings across Class A and Double-A this season -- his first as a pro. Many project him as a future ace.

White's no slouch himself and is actually more highly touted than Pomeranz. The 22-year-old right-hander was the Tribe's first-round pick in 2009. He has a 1.98 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in Triple-A and a 3.60 ERA in his three big-league appearances. He's struck out 13 in 15 innings for the Indians.

McBride, 26, figures to be a utility player with good pop. He's played left field, right field, first base and catcher this season. He's hitting .279/.339/.501 across both Double-A and Triple-A. He's got power that will play well in Coors Field, as he's slugged 15 homers in 93 games.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:15 pm

Kuroda off market, won't waive no-trade clause

By Danny Knobler

The Yankees can cross Hiroki Kuroda off their list.

The Red Sox, too. And the Rangers? Yeah, you too.

According to sources, Kuroda told Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti on Saturday that he would prefer to just stay put, and will not agree to waive his full no-trade clause to accept any deal. Thus, Kuroda will remain a Dodger for the rest of the season.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 5:43 pm

Rangers acquire Uehara for Davis, Hunter

By Matt Snyder

The Rangers have been looking far and wide for a relief pitcher and it appears they have landed one -- just not Heath Bell or Mike Adams. Right-hander Koji Uehara of the Orioles have reportedly been traded to the Rangers in exchange for corner infielder Chris Davis and pitcher Tommy Hunter (Baltimore Sun via Twitter).

It will be interesting to see if this move takes the Rangers out of the running for the services of Bell and/or Adams -- if so, several teams would be quite pleased.

Uehara, 36, is pretty underrated -- likely due to playing for the non-contending Orioles. He has a 1.72 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 47 innings this season. He'll fit quite nicely in Texas as an eighth-inning bridge to Neftali Feliz.

Davis, 25, has shown signs in the past of being a prolific power hitter, but strikeout woes have plagued him. This season, however, he's hitting .250 with three home runs and six RBI in 72 at-bats. So it hasn't been a horrible effort since his recall. Of note here, the Orioles could immediately slip Davis in at first base and trade Derrek Lee. There have been reports that Lee is on the Pirates' radar.

Hunter, 24, is 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in limited time this season for the Rangers.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:15 pm

Saturday's late afternoon trade rumor roundup

By Matt Snyder

We're less than 24 hours on the countdown to the MLB's non-waiver trade deadline -- 4:00 p.m. ET Sunday -- and the rumors are flying left and right. We've seen the Phillies make a huge splash by acquiring Hunter Pence, and already Saturday three trades have been agreed upon -- the Tigers getting starting pitcher Doug Fister (Knobler), the Brewers acquiring Jerry Hairston (Miller) and the Red Sox acquiring Mike Aviles (EOB). More moves are certainly on the way, if not Saturday night, sometime Sunday. Let's dive in to what we've seen since the early afternoon post -- and remember, everything is fluid right now. Things could change in a literal heartbeat, so make sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest.

• As you may have seen, CBSSports.com's own Scott Miller reports that the Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers are hot on the trail of Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda.

Miller also reported that the Cardinals and Dodgers are very close on a trade that would send shortstop Rafael Furcal to the Cardinals.

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Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the White Sox are willing to part with right fielder Carlos Quentin and left-handed reliever Matt Thornton, but the price is high. Also those are the only two pieces general manager Kenny Williams is willing to move.

Miller reports the Twins would like to trade pitcher Kevin Slowey to the Rockies, but the Rockies are unmotivated to make such a move at this time.

• In our earlier roundup, we noted the Red Sox have talked to the A's about outfielder Josh Willingham and starting pitcher Rich Harden, and Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston adds outfielder Coco Crisp's name to the mix, though it sounds like there's no match there.

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports the Nationals are making progress on a deal that would land Twins center fielder Denard Span, but the Twins are insisting closer Drew Storen be included in the deal. The Nationals would prefer to deal Tyler Clippard instead, reports Miller. Miller also mentioned the Twins would not trade for a setup man -- but that was earlier this morning -- so it's possible Stark's report is a signal the Nats are thinking of moving Storen or are warming up to Clippard. Also, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported that the Twins will want center fielder Roger Bernadina along with a reliever for Span.

• The Pirates and A's are talking a bat and a reliever, reports Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.

• Finally, the Ubaldo Jimenez rumor mill is running at full capacity. Here's what is new since earlier this afternoon: Per Morosi, the Reds aren't talking to the Rockies about Jimenez any longer. Troy Renck of the Denver Post says the Rockies haven't spoken with the Yankees Saturday, but the Yankees are unlikely to include both Jesus Montero and Dellin Betances, two of their most highly-touted prospects. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Rockies have a scout watching Ivan Nova Saturday night. Possibly a package revolving around Montero and Nova? We'll see ...

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 4:57 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 6:56 pm

Marquis traded to Diamondbacks

By Matt Snyder

Jason Marquis was the Nationals' scheduled starting pitcher for Saturday night's game against the Mets. Instead, he's been removed from assignment and traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team announced Saturday. The Diamondbacks send minor-league shortstop Zach Walters to the Nats.

Marquis, 32, is 8-5 with a 3.95 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 120 2/3 innings this season. He has had success in the NL West before, as the only All-Star team he ever made was in 2009 with the Rockies.

The Diamondbacks are four games out in the NL West and Marquis will slide into the rotation, probably for Micah Owings. As for the Nationals, Tom Gorzelanny could take back his rotation spot, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post believes Gorzelanny stays in the bullpen while either Tom Milone or Brad Peacock are promoted. Both have thrown the ball well this season, but Peacock is the more highly-regarded prospect.

Walters, 21, was hitting .302 with a .377 on-base percentage, 27 doubles, nine homers, 56 RBI and 12 stolen bases for Class A South Bend.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:44 pm

Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers in on Kuroda

By Scott Miller

Maybe Rafael Furcal will be the only Dodgers player asked to waive a no-trade clause, maybe not.

Little more than 24 hours before Sunday's 4 p.m. EDT non-waivers trade deadline, three clubs continue to seriously engage the Dodgers in conversations regarding starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, according to CBSSports.com sources: The Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers.

It is not known if Kuroda will consent to a deal if traded. A source close to him told CBSSports.com earlier in the week that he still seems a "little apprehensive" about leaving Los Angeles, the only major-league organization he's known since leaving Japan following the 2007 season.

Kuroda is just one of the starters available in a fairly weak starting pitching market at the 2011 trade deadline. The biggest target remains Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez, who will make what could be his final start for the Rockies tonight in San Diego. However, it remains unclear whether Colorado will deal him. The Yankees and Red Sox both are interested.

Detroit acquired Doug Fister from Seattle earlier Saturday, taking him off the board. Other starting pitchers who could go include Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie and Koji Uehara, San Diego's Aaron Harang, Tampa Bay's Jeff Niemann and Seattle's Erik Bedard.

Kuroda this season is 6-13 with a 3.11 ERA in 21 starts for the Dodgers.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:20 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 3:48 pm

Royals trade Aviles to Red Sox

By Matt Snyder

The Red Sox acquired an infielder Saturday, but it wasn't quite the splash some Red Sox fans might be looking for. The Royals have traded shorstop/third baseman/second baseman Mike Aviles to the Red Sox for Yamaico Navarro and Kendal Volz (Danny Knobler via Twitter).

Obviously, with Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis at second and third, respectively, the Red Sox will primarily use Aviles as the occasional shortstop and to provide depth. An interesting note is that Friday Aviles voiced displeasure about his utility role with the Royals, yet he's going to have the same role for the Red Sox. Maybe playing for a contender will change his tune. We'll see.

Aviles, 30, is hitting .222 with five homers, 31 RBI, 10 stolen bases and a .656 OPS. He hit .304 last season, so there's some potential there to aid the lineup.

Navarro, 23, also plays second, short and third. He hit .216/.275/.351 in 40 plate appearances for the Red Sox this season. He also spent time in Triple-A, where he hit .258 with an .831 OPS.

Volz, 23, is a right-handed pitcher in high Class A, where he's 2-3 with a 3.33 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings.

So, yeah, don't confuse this for anything close to a blockbuster.

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