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MLB Trade Deadline Update: Another Tour Around the League

MLB News and Rumors

As a part of the 24-hour Trade Deadline Blogathon, I plan to update you periodically on what’s going on around the rest of baseball, and discuss, where relevant, the impact the moves have on the Chicago Cubs.


Things are quite a bit more quiet than they were a few hours ago…

  • The Ubaldo Jiminez deal was finalized a little while ago. Cleveland gets Jiminez, and the Rockies get four prospects, a couple of them big-time, including lefty starter Alex Pomeranz, a first-round pick last year, who is presently tearing it up in AA. Because he didn’t sign until August 16 last year, he can’t be named in a trade until one year later – so the Rockies technically get three prospects and a PTBNL. So, Pomeranz will probably be doing some sitting for a couple weeks, but he’s the PTBNL. That’s quite a haul for an up-and-down starter with potential velocity issues. Then again, Jiminez is just 27, and has a pretty favorable contract.
  • The Red Sox had a deal in place for former Cub Rich Harden, but some questionable medical reports blew the deal up.


  • The Diamondbacks are working hard to get a reliever. Think they’d settle for John Grabow?
  • The Padres are still expected to deal Heath Bell and Ryan Ludwick by the deadline.
  • The Pirates picked up Derrek Lee, which was reported here separately.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.