The horrors of this headline, my God. How does Brian Cashman not take yes for an answer?
The Rockies want Ivan Nova and two of Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, and Jesus Montero from the Yankees, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. According to Sherman, "to say the Yankees and Rockies are not finding common ground on Jimenez’s value is an understatement." The Red Sox, Tigers, and Indians remain involved, while the Reds are "less heated to make a deal."
Make the fucking deal! If this report is accurate, Colorado has lowered its asking price for Ubaldo by now asking for only two out of the Yanks' three top prospects. Nova -- dude, I like the way you pitch and you have clear potential. But only a fool would value Nova over Jimenez. Montero had a disappointing season in the minors this year, and with Russell Martin calling such a good game and foiling the pitching staff's occasional wildness, there's no real place to put him. I won't front like I follow the farm teams very closely, but my father -- who does -- told me Mariano Rivera co-signed for Banuelos as the best prospect Mo has ever seen. But if the Rockies aren't insisting on Banuelos, send Nova, Betances and Montero on a plane to Denver yesterday.
I'm guessing Cashman is taking this thing down to the wire to maximize his leverage. It would be a debacle if deal falls through because of a disagreement on Jimenez's value. Jimenez has a career WHIP of 1.279. (C.C. Sabathia? 1.219. Justin Verlander? 1.207. Ervin "I just threw a no-hitter" Santana? 1.303.) The Yankees are overperforming despite their rotation weaknesses. This isn't a bad season by any stretch, but Ubaldo gives them depth and stamina that I'm not sure we possess moving into the postseason, knowing that the buzzsaw of Boston and especially Philadelphia awaits.