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What to do with Ubaldo Jimenez?

Updated: July 30, 2011, 1:30 PM ET
By Buster Olney

The interest in Ubaldo Jimenez is divided into two camps. There's the group of teams that views him through a glass-half-full prism: It values his overall talent, his window of dominance in 2010, his improved performances this season and his reputation for being a first-rate person. These teams are satisfied that he's healthy and are ready to make a deal for a player with a very team-friendly contract. The Tigers and Reds are among those teams.

Then there are teams that view him through a glass-half-empty prism: They see the diminished velocity and the overall dip in command and performance this year, and they wonder why Colorado -- a small-market/mid-market team -- would be willing to move a pitcher who is theoretically a No. 1 starter-type talent who has a tremendous risk-free contract. These teams are probably not going to step up and make a deal for Jimenez in the last hours before the trade deadline.

The Rockies are in a strange place today, which other teams consider to be pivotal in the Jimenez talks. If Colorado maintains its very high asking price for the pitcher, it may have difficulty making a deal. If the Rockies lower their asking price, this will serve as confirmation for some teams that Colorado is intent on moving the pitcher as soon as possible, rather than waiting until the offseason for a deal.

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