Ubaldo Jimenez might be the best pitcher on the trade market ... if he's on the trade market. Perhaps Jimenez simply falls into the category of Nobody's Untouchable, or You Have to Listen. But his name's been bandied about so much over the last week that the Rockies might be not only listening, but listening with interest. Which is a different thing.
Here's the latest, from CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler:
The Red Sox are the latest team to inquire, sources said Tuesday. It's not yet clear how serious that interest is, or how strong a match there would be. The Red Sox have also continued to monitor the Carlos Beltran market.
While the Yankees' interest in Jimenez has been widely reported, some people familiar with the Rockies plans believe that the Reds or the Rangers would have a better chance of landing the ace right-hander. Both Cincinnati and Texas are said to have enough young talent to motivate the Rockies to make a deal.
The Red Sox might have the least amount of minor-league talent to trade, but they might also have the most to gain in a trade for Jimenez, considering the wafer-thinness of their starting rotation. Even if Jon Lester comes back strong, their rotation as currently constructed would look awfully flimsy in October.