According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Rockies have just scratched right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez from his scheduled Saturday start against the Padres. Esmil Rogers will take the bump instead.
Jimenez has been linked to a variety of teams this week, but the Indians are now making a hard charge and may be willing to include top pitching prospects Alex White and Drew Pomeranz in a potential deal.
More to come.
The Twins just announced that they have signed pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year contract.
Pineda, 28, has a 4.05 career ERA and has struck out 9.1 batters per nine innings over 680 career major league innings.
Pineda underwent Tommy John surgery this past July, so the Twins are buying a 2018 filled mostly with rehab and a pitcher for 2019. As such, the deal is probably not too taxing financially, but could pay off pretty well for them if Pineda comes back strong.