Monday, July 18, 2011
It’s obvious why Jimenez is in such demand, and why so many teams should be in play for him. Contenders with strong farm systems and/or who can take on that relative pittance of a salary are bound to be interested.
The Yankees fit both criteria, and Jon Heyman of SI.com reported that O’Dowd is asking for Ivan Nova and the top pitching prospects Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos – and the catching prospect Jesus Montero. That is a lot to ask for, and the Yankees would not agree to that 4-for-1 deal. But at this relatively early stage, O’Dowd can afford to snoop around and gauge the market.
I don’t think I’d trade that package of four players for any single player in MLB. As far as what I’d be willing to trade for Jimenez, I’d probably do one of Banuelos/Betances + Nova and a few other lesser prospects, but I’m guessing that wouldn’t get it done.
Jimenez is an interesting player, because you wonder if getting him out of Coors field might help him get to a new level, and he’s relatively young and signed to a team-friendly contract. That being said, I’d be more enthused about signing him if he hadn’t lost 3 mph from his average fastball velocity since last year.
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