Rockies trade Jimenez to Indians for four players
The Colorado Rockies have traded starting pitcherto the Cleveland Indians for four players. The deal is pending a physical Sunday for Jimenez.
The Rockies are set to acquire four prospects, including the Indians’ 2009 first-round picks: right-hander; first baseman/outfielder Matt McBride, a second-round pick in 2006; right-handed pitcher Joe Gardner, a third-round pick in 2009; and a player to be named later. That player reportedly is the Indians’ 2010 first-round pick, , who signed late after being drafted and cannot be traded until after Aug. 16.
Jimenez made his scheduled start Saturday against the San Diego Padres and allowed four runs on two hits and four walks in an awkward first inning. After he returned the Rockies dugout he received hugs from his teammates and left the dugout.warmed up throughout the first inning.
Pomeranz, the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft, is 3-3 with a 1.98 ERA in 18 starts between high Class A Kinston and Double-A Akron and is the key to the deal. He was ranked the 14th-best prospect in baseball in Baseball America’s midseason top 50.
White, the 15th overall pick in the 2009 draft,was part of the Indians’ rotation in late April and early may, going 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts. He is also 1-0 with a 1.90 ERA in four starts at Triple-A Columbus and has missed much of the season with a sprained ligament in his right middle finger. He was scheduled to make a rehab appearance this weekend before being scratched in anticipation of the trade.
McBride, 26, is hitting .297 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI at Double-A. He also hit .156 in 12 games at Triple-A.
Gardner was rated the ninth-best prospect in the Indians’ system by Baseball America before the season. He is 7-8 with a 4.99 ERA at Double-A this season.