Ubaldo Jimenez to make Indians debut Friday versus Rangers

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Throwing one terrible inning under odd circumstances Saturday night as Colorado and Cleveland were putting the finishes touches on their blockbuster trade screwed up Ubaldo Jimenez’s usual throwing schedule, so his Indians debut won’t come until Friday against the Rangers.

That means he’ll have one extra day of rest between starts, even though his last “start” consisted of throwing 45 pitches and recording three outs. Jimenez will have 12 days off between his last non-weird Rockies start and his first Indians start.

When pitching on more than five days of rest Jimenez has a 5.24 ERA in 13 career starts and he’ll have a tough first assignment, as the Rangers lead the league in runs scored at home while hitting .294 with a .511 slugging percentage in Texas as a team.

Of course, Jimenez is used to pitching in tough ballparks. He has a 3.67 ERA in 66 starts at Coors Field.

Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto reportedly asks to be traded

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Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio is reporting that Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has requested a trade out of Miami. Jon Heyman is characterizing it as Realmuto telling the team that he “wouldn’t mind” a trade.

Either way, Realmuto has no power to force a trade. This isn’t the NBA or something. Still, it’s evidence of just how dreary a prospect remaining in Miami is for Marlins veterans in the wake of trades that sent Giancarlo Stanton to New York, Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis.

Realmuto, who will turn 27 just before the 2018 season, hit .278/.332/.451 with 17 homers, 65 RBI, and eight steals over 141 games this past season. He only has three years of service time and is arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason. He made just $562K in the 2017 and will get a big raise this year, but he’s still going to be underpaid based on his production. If the Marlins wanted to trade him, they’d get a nice return. Why they would want to trade him, I have no idea.

Expect more of this sort of thing as the Marlins slash payroll and make it clear that their immediate priorities are more about saving money and less about winning baseball games. Which may or may not be a valid goal for the team’s new owners, but is certainly a letdown for baseball players and fans.