That seems to conflict with what Jayson Stark wrote earlier, when he said that the Rockies still want “three sure-thing young players, including one pitcher who goes into their rotation immediately.” The Yankees have one (more or less) sure-thing player in Jesus Montero and one pitcher that could go into the rotation immediately in the person of Ivan Nova. After that, the Yankees don’t have another sure thing player. They have some great upside guys in Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos, but neither of those guys is close to a “sure thing.” Banuelos has more probability than Betances, but he’s still far enough away that labeling him a sure thing is irresponsible.
It is possible that either writer is off base and that the Yankees aren’t in or that the Rockies have lowered their asking price for Jimenez. If it’s the latter, I think the Yankees do need to be all over him and snap him up. Hopefully, they’d take Betances over Banuelos, but I think I could live with Montero/Banuelos/Nova/plus (not much more) for Jimenez.
Joel Sherman’s piece this morning seems to lend more credence to Stark’s point, that the Yankees and Rockies are still apart on the price for Jimenez. Sherman also adds that he’s heard the Red Sox have been more active in their Jimenez-related inquiries. That could be true, but I doubt they’re serious players after the Adrian Gonzalez trade sapped them of the high-end minor league talent the Rockies want.
In other pitcher news, we heard that the Yankees were hot for Gio Gonzalez. That’s definitely out of no where and Oakland isn’t willing to move him, apparently, but that would be welcomed. I’m a big Gio fan, but this definitely isn’t happening. I’d imagine Billy Beane would want a looooot of prospects for Gonzalez and the Yankees wouldn’t want to do that.
Andrew Marchand noted that Hiroki Kuroda would be willing to waive his no trade clause to come to New York (or Boston) and that’s encouraging. Just a week or so ago, it was reported that Kuroda didn’t want to come to the east coast. Playing for a winning team sure would change that, I bet.
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