Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ubaldo a "longshot" for Yankees

Jon Heyman tweeted that the Yankees aren't willing to trade a big prospect for a reliever, but are still looking for starting pitching. He called a Yankees/Rockies deal for Ubaldo Jimenez a "longshot."

Would they turn to Wandy? Since the beginning of the 2009 season, Wandy has made 82 starts, posting a 3.38 ERA/1.29 WHIP, and a 2.78 K:BB ratio, with a 117 OPS+. Ubaldo Jimenez, in the same timeframe, has made 84 starts, with a 3.35 ERA/1.22 WHIP, a 2.32 K:BB ratio, and a 139 OPS+.

Jimenez' contract is much friendlier ($20.75m through 2014, with buyouts in 2013/14) than Wandy's contract ($7m in 2011, $10m in 2012, $13m in 2013, and his $13m option for 2014 becomes a player option if he's traded), but what's $43m to the Yankees?