CLEVELAND: If Drew Pomeranz and Matt McBride were scratched from tonight's Aeros game because a trade is imminent, it would appear that the Indians are on the verge of acquiring a marquis player, probably Ubaldo Jimenez, the ace of the Rockies' staff.
Several media sources have reported that the Tribe is one of four teams in hot pursuit of Jimenez, possibly the frontrunner.
The Tigers also were deeply involved in talks for the 27-year-old right-hander, but they made a deal with the Mariners today to acquire a starter and a reliever. The Yankees and Red Sox were also said to be talking to Colorado about Jimenez but reportedly were unwilling to part with their best prospects.
The Rockies have insisted that if they trade Jimenez, they will require Cleveland to give up Pomeranz and possibly two other minor leaguers. McBride, who is the Aeros' first baseman but also has played the outfield and even caught, is batting .297 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI.
JImenez has struggled lately. His overall record is 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA. But last year he posted a 19-8 record and a 2.88 ERA.