Over the past week the rumors that teams are interested in Ubaldo Jimenez have really begun to pick up steam.
Initially MLBTradeRumors.com reported that the Cincinnati Reds were interested in the right handed ace for the Colorado Rockies and the following day MLBTR posted a story by Denver Post Rockies beat writer Troy Renck stating that the Rockies do not have a lot to gain by trading Ubaldo, but also in that same blurb on MLBTR it says the Rockies are open to listening to offers. And then yesterday MLBTR ran the Ubaldo to Cincinnati rumor again. I must emphasize that the name of this website IS MLB Trade RUMORS dot com, so these are rumors, nothing concrete.
Logan and myself have sort of bantered back and forth on this website on whether or not the Rockies should trade Ubaldo. I tend to go back and forth, not really sold on trading him but if a team bombarded the Rockies with top prospects, including a couple that are major league ready, they would have to listen and think about it. Logan completely disagrees and makes a great argument on why the Rockies should keep Ubaldo.
Now today, the start of the second half of the season and only about two weeks from the trade deadline comes this tweet from Hall of Famer writer Tracy Ringolsby:
Let’s see, Ubaldo Jimenez pitching tonight for Rockies. At least 17 scouts showing up at Coors Field. Coincidence?
At least 17?! The Reds probably do not employ 17 scouts in total much less send 17 to watch Ubaldo pitch. Maybe two. Probably safe to say that if there are 17 scouts in attendance tonight then at least 10-12 teams are here checking out Ubaldo.
The picture at the top of this article is one I took while Ubaldo was on the mound and while it is hard to see most of those guys to the right of the fence leading to the tunnel are all taking notes. They are all chatting with each other like they know each other and not just to the guy to the right or left, guys two or three rows up or down. With my untrained eye I count 11 guys sitting in those seats that are not cheering and taking notes on something that doesn’t look like a scorebook. Ringolsby DOES know what a scout looks like, and probably knows most of them on a first name basis, so I would venture to say he is accurate in his count.
If the Rockies continue to lose in the coming week or two expect these rumors to gain steam. Follow those intimate with the organization (Renck, Ringolsby and Thomas Harding) and if they start writing about potential trades then something is definitely brewing.
PS. Alanna Rizzo is sitting behind me in the press box and she was just pointing out the advanced scouts to her producer. They are here, lurking like ghosts…something is brewing and it isn’t the team opposing the Rockies this weekend.