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Indians stun baseball with deal for Jimenez

Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:10 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 11:14 pm
 
In the most stunning move of an already stunning season, the Indians have acquired ace right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez from the Rockies.

The teams announced the trade at the end of a wild night, saying it was pending a physical exam by the Cleveland medical staff on Sunday. Jimenez took the mound for the Rockies one final time Saturday night in San Diego, pitching one uninspired inning as the teams put the final touches on the trade. The deal, which originally appeared to be for three players, was expanded by adding a fourth player before it was finalized.

Jimenez came off the mound at the end of the first inning, and got a hug from manager Jim Tracy and his Rockies teammates.

The Indians agreed to trade both of their top two pitching prospects, Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, along with minor-league first baseman Matt McBride and a fourth player to the Rockies in exchange for Jimenez, the top pitcher on the July market. Pomeranz will be listed officially as a player to be named later, because he signed out of the draft last Aug. 15 and technically can't be traded until this Aug. 15.

The Indians lost 93 games last year and went into this season with low expectations. But they've spent much of the year in first place in the weak American League Central, and began play Saturday night two games behind the first-place Tigers.

The Rockies were the team that entered the season with high expectations, but after a strong start, they have fallen far behind the Giants in the National League West. Now they've agreed to trade their top starting pitcher, although they did so for an impressive package of prospects.

White and the Pomeranz, both 22 years old, have been described by rival scouts as potential top of the rotation starters. White made his big-league debut this year, while Pomeranz moved from Class A up to Double-A Akron. White was the Indians' first-round draft pick in 2009, and Pomeranz was picked in the first round a year later.

White has been on the disabled list with a finger problem, but he was due to make a rehabilitation appearance Saturday night at Akron. Pomeranz was scheduled to start that game for the Double-A Aeros, and when he and McBride were scratched, it was the first real sign that Jimenez was headed to Cleveland.

Jimenez is 27 years old, and he is signed through next year with a club option for 2013. Because of that contract, which is considered very team-friendly, the Indians felt comfortable trading two huge parts of their future. Jimenez obviously gives them a much better chance to win the division this year, and they felt he will give them a real chance the next two seasons, as well.

The Indians were able to keep their major-league team intact, and able to keep their two top position-player prospects, Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis, out of the trade.

The Rockies talked to many teams about Jimenez, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Reds, Rangers and Blue Jays. They always believed that the Yankees were capable of putting together the best package, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman insisted on protecting his top prospects.



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