Tigers join Jimenez hunt
FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Detroit Tigers have inquired about Colorado Rockies starter , who is being sought by at least five teams despite the Rockies’ high asking price. According to Rosenthal, the teams interested in Jimenez and some of the players the Rockies like on those teams:
- Tigers: Right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner, a 2009 first-round pick and the Tigers’ top prospect. He’s 3-5 with a 3.48 ERA as a 20-year-old in Double-A.
- Boston Red Sox: Right-handed pitcher Kyle Weiland and third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Weiland is a 2008 third-rounder, who is 8-7 with a 3.15 ERA at Triple-A. Middlebrooks is a 2007 fifth-rounder having a breakout year at Double-A, where he is hitting .308 with 14 home runs and 61 RBI.
- New York Yankees: Catcher Jesus Montero and right-handed pitcher Dellin Betances and Ivan Nova. Montero was rated the eighth-best prospect in the minors in Baseball America’s midseason top 50 and is considered one of the best hitting prospects in baseball. Betances was ranked the Yankees’ third-best prospect by BA before the season. He’s 4-4 with a 3.20 ERA at Double-A and is considered a potential frontline starter or future closer. Nova, ranked 13th in the Yankees system by BA, is 8-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 17 games with the Yankees in 2011.
- Cleveland Indians: Left-handed pitcher , a 2010 first-round pick who is 3-3 with a 1.98 ERA at two levels and has reached Double-A in his first professional season.
- Cincinnati Reds: First baseman/outfielder Yonder Alonso, a 2008 first-rounder who is blocked at first by Joey Votto and was recently recalled to play in the outfield after hitting .296 with 12 home runs and 56 RBI at Triple-A. The Rockies would also want at least one major-league-ready pitcher likely from a previously reported list that included Mike Leake, Homer Bailey and Travis Wood.
A deal for Jimenez remains a longshot as the Rockies reportedly have not backed off their demands for three top prospects, one of which would include a potential frontline starter who could join the rotation in 2012 at the latest and likely an impact hitter. Potential suitors, meanwhile, have remained reluctant to pay the Rockies’ price.