Though it would seem unlikely given how good he was for stretches last season, there have been rumors circulating that the Colorado Rockies would listed to offers for ace starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez.
The Rockies are currently 8.5 games back in the National League West and Jimenez hasn’t been himself this season. He currently sports a 4-8 record with a 4.14 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 95 strikeouts in 104.1 innings. Opponents are hitting .241 off of him as well.
Still, Jimenez is just 27 years old and is under contract through 2012, with affordable team options for the following two seasons ($5.75 million and $8 million). If traded, Jimenez can choose to void the two option years on the deal however. He’s making just $2.8 million this year and is due $4.2 million next year.
After consecutive seasons in which he threw 198.2, 218 and 221.2 innings, Jimenez has show he can be a workhorse. Last year he wrapped up the season with a 19-8 record, 2.88 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 214 strikeouts. He was, at times, the most dominant pitcher in baseball during the 2010 season. While he hasn’t shown that level of dominance this season, he’s clearly capable of it.
So why would the Rockies consider dealing him? Well, they haven’t indicated that they would be open to moving him, but several teams have already expressed interest. The Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees are reportedly hot after Jimenez, but it’s pretty clear they’d have to overwhelm the Rockies in any potential deal.
We don’t see Colorado moving Jimenez. He’s cheap, has consistently thrown tons of innings and has shown the ability to be a true ace. Teams may want him and offer a lot for him, but we just don’t see him moving any time soon.