Another day, another list of teams that covet Ubaldo Jiménez (because really, who wouldn't?) ...
Yankees lurking? It's hard to think of a more frightening prospect. Orcs, maybe. Or Bud Selig at 5 in the morning.
Why do so many teams "fit"? Because Ubaldo Jiménez is immensely valuable. He's not particularly young, but he's quite good and he's relatively cheap. For the Red Sox and Yankees, his salaries over the next few seasons would essentially be a rounding error in their budgets. Those other teams aren't as wealthy, of course. But if things don't work out for them (and Jiménez) this season or next, they can always flip him for prospects roughly equal to the prospects they gave up to get him.
Got all that? I know it sounds complicated, but it's actually pretty simple: The most valuable commodity in baseball is a good player who comes cheap, and that's Ubaldo Jiménez. One Ubaldo Jiménez is worth two (or three) top prospects, because even top prospects don't have anything like a 100-percent success rate.
Neither do Ubaldo Jiménezes, of course. But he's a pretty good bet. Both in 2011 and beyond.