Now the Red Sox are asking about Ubaldo Jimenez

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For those of you who don’t watch the HBT Daily videos, I made an analogy in this morning’s edition that I think explains the Ubaldo Jimenez trade rumors pretty well.

My dad had a 1985 Corvette once upon a time.  He really dug that car. Low mileage. No problems with it.  Once in a while, however, mostly out of boredom, he’d put a “For Sale” sign in the window and park it in the supermarket parking lot, seeing if he couldn’t get someone to make him a dumb offer.  It was highly unlikely that anyone was that dumb, but hey, if you never try, you’ll never be able to rip anyone off.

Anyway, that’s what I think is happening with Jimenez and the Rockies. They don’t really want to trade him. It makes little sense for them to do so.  But hey, if a team is going to give up a crap-ton of talent for him, why not? And how can you find that out unless you dangle him?

Against that backdrop, know that Danny Knobler reports that the Red Sox are asking about Jimenez now too.  Like the Yankees, they saw him at the Kroger parking lot and were probably curious how much they’d have to pay for him.  And then my dad/the Rockies told them some outrageous figure and it all ended there.  Or probably did.

I don’t think Jimenez gets traded, because no one is going to pay what that Corvette is worth. But selling him isn’t really the point.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.