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Ubaldo Jimenez, Hiroki Kuroda, Koji Uehara, Doug Fister, Rafael Furcal, Derrek Lee, Orlando Cabrera and Jason Marqius
No, the answer to this post headline is not "Eight people who have never been in my kitchen."
Let's break down an extremely busy day:
--The Rockies traded Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland, capping an amazing, two-week stretch in which the industry conventional wisdom went from "Ah, they're just measuring the price for him. They're not trading him" to "They're actually...Read more »
Joel Sherman offered his usual strong take today on the Yankees and their search for starting pitching, and I agree with him: No matter how badly the Yankees appear to need help, I can't see them overpaying for Ubaldo Jimenez or Hiroki Kuroda.
I'll contribute one addendum: This is not how July was supposed to proceed for the Yankees. When they whiffed on Cliff Lee and saw Andy Pettitte retire...Read more »
Greetings from the always lovely Citizens Bank Park. Let's roll through everything:
--The Carlos Beltran trade is official - of course it is. That's why I'm in Philly - and Sandy Alderson, in his telephone news conference - made it clear that Beltran's strong preference was to stay in the National League. Basically, Alderson indicated, the only way Beltran was considering an American League...Read more »
Let's get right to it. No funny business.
(Well, if you need funny business, check this out.)
--Carlos Beltran. Continued suspicions throughout the industry that he won't approve a trade to an American League team, but the Mets nonetheless continue to engage Texas and Boston in trade discussions and scout their minor-league systems.
The Brewers are more focused on a righty hitter...Read more »
Check out Hiroki Kuroda's numbers since becoming a major-leaguer in 2008. The dude is a metronome. He's quite reliable for what he is.
But what is he? If you were running the Yankees and you acquired Kuroda, where would you slot him in your playoff starting rotation? How would his stuff play in the American League?
These are questions worth asking because Kuroda might wind up being...Read more »
That's right. Live chat at noon. I'm expecting an ultra-competitive affair for the coveted Live Chat MVP award.
So the Yankees prevailed over the Rays last night, despite an uninspiring effort from A.J. Burnett, so I wrote my column on the Yankees' pitching situation. Here are the Cilffs Notes of the column: Yes, the Yankees' starting rotation could really use help, but there isn't much...Read more »
Greetings from The Trop. I spoke today with a person in the loop on the Ubaldo Jimenez's situation - not a Colorado employee, but someone whose club has been engaged in discussions with the Rockies _ and here was this person's take:
"I think this is just Colorado assessing the market for Jimenez. It's the equivalent of putting a 'For Sale' sign on your house because you're curious...Read more »
The Yankees are speaking with the Rockies about Ubaldo Jimenez, and Jon Heyman has some good details in this linked story.
Jimenez 2011 has little in common with Cliff Lee 2010. They throw the ball with opposite hands, they come from different countries and most important for the purpose of this conversation, their contract situations have virtually nothing in common. But I can't help but...Read more »