It's no secret that the New York Yankees are in need of some solid starting pitching and will be focused on exactly that over the next several weeks. But even in the event they land Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, several General Managers around the league feel they will aggressively pursue Ubaldo Jimenez as well.
And, at least in the case of one GM, he feels Jimenez can not only handle the pressures of New York, but will ultimately end up there.
“He had an excellent second half, has great stuff, and he has the type of personality that would fit New York,” an anonymous GM told the Boston Globe. “He doesn’t let things get to him. He’s good at shrugging off things and turning the page.”
Jimenez started 32 games for the Cleveland Indians a year ago, posting a 13-9 record with a 3.30 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 193 K. However, despite a poor W-L record, Jimenez dominated in the second half of the season, going 6-5 with a 1.82 ERA.
Perhaps most importantly for the Yankees, Jimenez has proven himself durable, starting at least 31 games per season since 2008. So with a starting rotation that will feature C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova, Jimenez would make for a solid and reliable back-end of the rotation option.
The 29-year-old pitcher was also a Cy Young candidate in 2010.
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