July 18 roundup: Rockies involved in much trade buzz
The Rockies reportedly made it more explicitly clear Monday what the club would need to see in order to part ways with ace right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, but the team may also be interested in making other trades.
Colorado is willing to deal struggling right-hander Aaron Cook or possibly any of three relievers — Huston Street, Rafael Betancourt and Matt Belisle — if the playoffs become a more unlikely possibility.
On the other side, general managers — like New York’s Brian Cashman — must decide if Jimenez’s value is worth it. With Phil Hughes recently registering his best start of the season for the Yankees, does New York want to pay a premium for Jimenez?
And as CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler reported, the Tigers may not have enough to be in the running for the Rockies right-hander.
* Instead, the Tigers’ list of possibly starting pitching targets continues to grow, reports FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. In addition to Jimenez, Derek Lowe and Hiroki Kuroda, Detroit may also be interested in Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie.
* The Indians are trying to hold their ground at the top of the AL Central, but now must attempt to do so without the services of center fielder Grady Sizemore, for the time being. Sizemore suffered a right knee contusion in Sunday’s game, leaving Michael Brantley on a bit of an island in Cleveland’s outfield. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tribe may be looking for right-handed hitters such as Hunter Pence, Marlon Byrd, Jeff Francoeur, Ryan Ludwick, Josh Willingham, Reed Johnson or Scott Hairston. Rosenthal believes Carlos Beltran’s contract would be too much an obstacle for Cleveland.
* Rosenthal also reported Monday that the Angels have interest in Chicago’s Aramis Ramirez, but the Cubs third baseman is “adamant” he doesn’t want to leave Chicago.
— Joey Nowak