The Cleveland Indians have acquired 27-year old righty starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez from the Colorado Rockies for 22-year old righty starting pitcher Alex White, 23-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Gardner, 26-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Matt McBride and a player to be named later (Drew Pomeranz). Jimenez has pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the Rockies this year and he is 6-9 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He has now pitched in 138 games (137 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 56-45 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Jimenez has only allowed 722 hits in his first 851 innings in the majors while also whiffing 773 batters which shows you what kind of stuff he has. He threw a no-hitter last year for the Rockies. Jimenez is not a rental either as he is on a long term deal, that’s part of the reason why the price was so high for him.
Alex White was the Indians’ #2 prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Indians this year and he was 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. White was on a rehab assignment for an injured finger at the time of this deal. Drew Pomeranz was the Indians’ #4 prospect heading into this year according to Baseball America. He can’t officially be dealt until August 15th as due to the fact that he was the Tribe’s first round pick last year. Pomeranz started 18 games in A+AA-ball for the Indians this year and he was 3-3 with a 1.98 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Joe Gardner came into this year as the Tribe’s #9 prospect according to Baseball America. Gardner pitched in 19 games (all starts) in AA-ball this year and he was 7-8 with a 4.99 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. McBride was the only guy the Rockies got from the Indians that wasn’t considered a top prospect. McBride played in 96 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Indians this year and he was 99 for 355 (.279 avg, .841 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 15 homers, 56 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.
The Indians paid full price for Ubaldo Jimenez, but he gives them a legit #1 type starting pitcher. I like this move for both teams.