Valuing Ubaldo

I had a conversation tonight with a friend about Ubaldo Jimenez’s trade value.  I asked him if he’d trade the 27 year-old pitcher if he was the Rockies and he said no based on his affordable contract.  Jimenez is signed for $2.8 million this year, $4.2 million next year and then has a $5.75 million and $8 million team option for 2013 and 2014.  Obviously that’s a very team friendly deal for any team in the majors.  Then I asked if he’d trade him for a Zack Greinke-like return.  Greinke was traded this past offseason for Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Jake Odorizzi, and Jeremy Jeffress.  He said he would.  So, using that framework for a deal, what should the Rockies be looking for if they deal their ace pitcher at the deadline?

We know he's worth a ton...but how much?

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Fearless Playoff Predictions

Last night the Twins and Tigers treated us to another great opening to the Major League Baseball playoffs.   The Twins downed the tigers in 12 innings to earn the right to take on the New York Yankees later today in the Divisional Series.  Lucky guys.

So last year I accurately predicted every series except the Dodgers-Cubs opening round set.  With that in mind, I’ll probably get two of these series right and negate all the good feelings I still have about that post.  Either way, this is always fun, so lets see who is going to win the 2009 World Series

Yankees vs. Twins

The Twins have been on a crazy hot streak before ousting the Tigers in last night’s one game playoff.  In the past decade, three teams have entered the playoffs on similar streaks.  Two of them lost in the Divisional Series and one lost in the ALCS.  So not only do the Yankees have history on their side, but they also have the better team.  I don’t have to go through their vaunted lineup or pitching rotation because everyone of them is a household name, it seems.  The Twins will miss Justin Morneau greatly in this series, but Joe Mauer and Nick Punto will get them two games.  Yankees in 5.

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2009 Baseball Previews – NL West

Since the first baseball game is tonight at 7 PM Central time, it’s probably a good idea for me to finish my final baseball preview.  Today we take a look at the NL West.  If you want to check your team’s division, you can look here: AL East, AL Central, AL West, NL East, NL Central.

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Offseason’s First Big Move

I just received a text message during class that said “A’s get Holliday.”  Apparently the story was broken around 1:30 by SI’s John Heyman saying the Colorado Rockies have sent OF Matt Holliday to the Oakland A’s.  The players from the A’s side haven’t been disclosed yet, but Greg Smith is the name I keep thinking.  We’ll see if I’m right.  MLBTraderumors has the latest.

From the A’s standpoint, I don’t really understand this at all.  (ESPN just broke the news along the bottom line of College Football Live.)  They’re not close to contending in the AL West with the Angels and Holliday’s contract is up at the end of the year.  Holliday also has some drastic home/road splits and the A’s ballpark is just about a polar opposite of Coors Field in Denver.

It’s pretty tough to gage the Rockies side without knowing who they got in return.  Holliday was their best player, but he wasn’t going to resign after the season.  The A’s are loaded with prospects after last year’s trade of Dan Haren, so it makes sense that they would be able to land a player of Holliday’s caliber.

A little closer to home now, the St. Louis Cardinals were linked with Holliday over the past week or so.  They balked at the request of Ryan Ludwick, Mitchell Boggs, and Skip Schumaker.  I can’t really figure that out either.  A middle of the order of Pujols, Holliday, Glaus would have been pretty frightening.  Ludwick is a one year wonder in my eyes until he proves me wrong and the other two are role players.  I would have loved to see Holliday in Cardinal red next year.

More on this later, for now I have to get some stuff done for class.

Update:  Word is trickling in that the Rockies got Carlos Gonzalez, Greg Smith, and Huston Street.  This a preliminary report, but if it’s correct, it’s a nice deal for the Rockies.

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