Wild, what difference a year makes for pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies. He could not do anything wrong last season, and the 2011 season, he truly is struggling. Rockies would never have dared trade him during the 2010 season when he went 19-8 and pitched a no-hitter. However, Rockies swung a trade that would bring minor league prospects to their system and send Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians.
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Indians are gearing up to make a run at the Detroit Tigers, the American League Central division leader. Jimenez would add a hard-throwing pitcher who can intimidate most batters with his 96+ mph fastball. He is another ace that will provide good pitching once he regains the winning form he had in 2010. This may be most surprising trade before the trade deadline.
Indians are usually known for getting rid of pitching aces instead of acquiring one of their own. If one would just look at their recent history, a few aces like CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee were dealt when they played with the Cleveland Indians. Jimenez should be able to be able to provide them few good starts and will serve them well if they advance deep into the post season.
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Most Rockies’ fans probably did expect their ace to be traded, but baseball like any sport is a “What have you done for me lately” sport. Once Jimenez passes a physical then he would become a Cleveland Indian. Indian gets a pitcher entering his prime, but has struggle this season. Jimenez is a pitching ace that will see his old winning ways again. Then, his new team the Cleveland Indians will greatly benefit.