What to do with Ubaldo Jimenez?
July, 30, 2011
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com
Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesRockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez might be out of Denver soon.The interest in Ubaldo Jimenez is divided into two camps. There's the group of teams that views him through a glass-half-full prism: It values his overall talent, his window of dominance in 2010, his improved performances this season and his reputation for being a first-rate person. These teams are satisfied that he's healthy and are ready to make a deal for a player with a very team-friendly contract. The Tigers and Reds are among those teams.
Then there are teams that view him through a glass-half-empty prism: They see the diminished velocity and the overall dip in command and performance this year, and they wonder why Colorado -- a small-market/mid-market team -- would be willing to move a pitcher who is theoretically a No. 1 starter-type talent who has a tremendous risk-free contract. These teams are probably not going to step up and make a deal for Jimenez in the last hours before the trade deadline.
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