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.
The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.
Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.
Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.
Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.
Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.