Yankees one of many interested in Ubaldo

The Yankees were one of 17 teams watching Ubaldo Jimenez pitch in Colorado on Thursday night, according to The New York Post, which attributed talent evaluators in saying New York has a “better than average” chance at acquiring the ace pitcher.

Jimenez has struggled to a 5-8 record and a 4.08 ERA in his first 18 starts this year, which could make him more attainable than in recent years — especially considering the Rockies are 8 1/2 games back of first place. An anonymous source told the Post Jimenez has pouted this year because Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez received large contract extensions this offseason and he didn’t.

“They are annoyed at him,” the source told the newspaper.

The Post added that the Rockies are interested in catching prospect Jesus Montero — who they see as a first baseman — along with Minor League pitchers Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances.

The sense around baseball has been that those guys are untouchable. But Montero — activated from the 7-day disabled list on Friday — hasn’t been great in Triple-A this year. It’ll be interesting to see if the Yankees change their mindset if Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia scontinue to struggle in the second half.

Jimenez is surely affordable. He’s making $2.8 million in 2011 and is slated for $4.2 million in 2012. The Rockies then hold back-to-back club options for 2013 and ’14 (at $5.75 million and $8 million, respectively).

— Alden Gonzalez 


If they want a pitcher those 3 prospects better not be untouchable. They should have learned their lesson when they refused to give up Eduardo Nunez for Cliff Lee at the deadline last year. You know what they say, a trade ain’t fair unless both sides feel a little bit of pain…. although there’s no way I’d give up Banuelos😉

if the tigers are able to acquire him with out giving up turner, then next year look out

I think Turner would have to be the center piece of any Tigers Deal. If the Rocks want a 1B in training, then Strieby would make sense to package as well. Throw in another arm (presumably on of the bullpen lefties) and it would seem like a workable deal.

I say that the Yanks should include Montero in the deal, but no way in hell do we include Banuelos or Bentances. We have Romine in the system, and Martin is doing a more than capable job of handling the staff and producing. Not to mention that Jimenez will give us a younger starting pitcher that can combine with our staff as is to give us a good boost for the post-season! Think about it: CC, AJ, Jimenez and Hughes? That’s a pretty good playoff rotation. To get good players we have to give up good players, but let’s not go overboard.

I would give up Montero in a heartbeat for Ubaldo.

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Two of three between Phelps/Mitchell/Warren, Romine, and either Joseph or Adams. Not giving up Montero, Banuelos, or Sanchez. Willing to add Gardner in exchange for Fowler. Will add Nunez but I want a minor leaguer back in return. Will add Betances if Rockies add Bettis. 4 for 1, 5 for 2, or 6 for 3.

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