Ubaldo Jimenez

Blue Jays “legitimately want” Ubaldo Jimenez

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It will still take an overwhelming haul for a deal to actually happen, but here’s a potential dark horse in the Ubaldo Jimenez talks.

An executive who spoke with the Blue Jays told Jayson Stark of ESPN.com that they “legitimately want this guy.” Jon Heyman of SI.com includes the Blue Jays among seven teams who have expressed interest in the 27-year-old right-hander. The Reds, Tigers, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers and Indians are the others.

If you want some idea of what Jimenez could cost in talent, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have asked the Reds about Cuban left-hander Arolidis Chapman, top prospect catcher Devin Mesoraco and outfielder Chris Heisey. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer earlier today that Chapman and Mesoraco were essentially untouchable, but the Rockies obviously don’t plan to settle for anything less than high-end talent.

For what it’s worth, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com hears that if Jimenez is traded, the Yankees have the “best chance” to get him.

Stephen Strasburg unlikely to pitch in the NLDS

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 07:  Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals walks off the field after an injury in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on September 7, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said on Tuesday that starter Stephen Strasburg is unlikely to pitch in the NLDS against the Dodgers, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Strasburg hasn’t pitched since September 7 due to a strained flexor mass.

Strasburg was pitching well before a few poor starts prior to being shut down in August. He currently holds a 3.60 ERA with a 183/44 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings.

The Nationals signed Strasburg to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension in May. This was obviously not how they invisioned his 2016 campaign going.

A.J. Cole fined, suspended five games for throwing at Jung Ho Kang

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Home plate umpire Jordan Baker ejects A.J. Cole #22 of the Washington Nationals in the third inning during the game at PNC Park on September 25, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Nationals starter A.J. Cole has been fined an undisclosed amount and suspended five games by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang on Sunday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Cole is appealing his suspension.

Kang faked a tag on Bryce Harper, who was coming into third base on a triple. The fake-out caused Harper to slide awkwardly, injuring his left thumb. The Nationals took exception to this and Cole threw a fastball that ended sailing behind Kang’s back during his next at-bat. Cole was ejected and both benches emptied. There was some yelling and some light pushing and shoving, but nothing beyond that.

Cole will remain active until his appeal is heard, which may allow him to make one more start before the end of the regular season. He’s carrying a 5.09 ERA with a 37/14 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings over seven starts this season.