Looking at the Ubaldo Jimenez Trade One Year Later- You Be The Judge

The Indians were in contention one year ago and fans were hoping the team could win the division and make it to the postseason. The team was fighting for first place, the pieces that had been put together were finally falling into place and postseason dreams were desired.

Trade rumors circulated and Ubaldo Jimenez, who was playing with the Colorado Rockies at the time, kept coming up as a possibility in those conversations. Jimenez seemed like a decent choice for the Indians and it was a matter of whether or not a trade could be made to get him in a Cleveland uniform.

Jimenez wasn’t spectacular one year ago but the Indians had two pitching prospects, Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, who were expected to be the a big part of the Indian’s future. Pomeranz was a draft pick that was highly sought while White had shown promise while making a couple of starts for the Indians before going on the disabled list.

As the deadline neared, Pomeranz and White were both rumored to be sent to Denver in order to get Jimenez. With the amount of promise both Pomeranz and White brought to the table, it was questioned whether or not giving both of them up for a pitcher with average stats was worth it. Pomeranz and White had potential to be stars for the Indians while Jimenez was barely holding on to a .500 record as a pitcher.

The trade was made and the initial reaction was that the Indians gave up too much for Jimenez. With a slow start, this was questioned even further and it has been speculated what could have been had the trade to bring Jimenez had never been made.

It has been close to a year since the trade was made and the stats for the top three names mentioned in the trade are down below:

Ubaldo Jimenez – 7-7 this season with an ERA of 4.59. He is 11-11 since joining the Tribe.

Drew Pomeranz – 0-3 this season with an ERA of 3.72. He has spent most of the season in the minors and was arrested in the offseason for disturbing the peace. He is 2-4 since the deal was made.

Alex White – 2-6 this season with an ERA of 6.73. He is 4-10 since the trade and was arrested in the offseason for a DUI.

You be the judge; was this a good trade?




~ by jeffrsabo on July 7, 2012.

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