NEW YORK (WFAN) — Even with his early season struggles, the Rockies aren’t about to deal away 19-game winner Ubaldo Jimenez for peanuts.

“We would have to be absolutely overwhelmed,” Colorado general manager Dan O’Dowd told the Denver Post this weekend. “It would have to be a Herschel Walker deal.”

The trade for Walker between Dallas and Minnesota involved 18 players and draft picks. “The Great Train Robbery,” as it’s also known, stands as the largest trade — and one of the most lopsided — in NFL history. It restocked the Cowboys’ system en route to a 90’s dynasty.

It seems Colorado really does have something similar in mind. According to WFAN’s Jon Heyman, the Rockies have named their price, and it’s steep.

They want top catching prospect Jesus Montero, starting pitcher Ivan Nova and the Yankees’ top two pitching prospects — Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos.

New York isn’t willing to make that deal, reported Heyman, and the sides remain far apart.

Jimenez, owed just $4.2 million next season, is 5-8 with a 4.08 ERA this season. In his last nine starts, the hurler is 5-3 with a 2.56 ERA.

He went 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA in 2010.

“Asking prices start high this time of year, and they usually come down,” Yankees beat reporter Sweeny Murti wrote on Monday. “But I wouldn’t expect it when the team isn’t desperate to move the guy.”

Jimenez, meanwhile, told the Post that he “won’t be bothered by trade rumors.”

“I am mentally strong,” he told the paper. “Don’t forget that about me.”

“Now I am almost there. I am getting to 95 miles per hour consistently. You are going to see more, I promise you that,” Jimenez added. “I love Colorado. I want to do well for this team. I want to be here for these guys. But you never know in this business.”

Are the Rockies way off base? Sound off in the comments below…

Comments (17)
  1. myles says:

    Are they serious? Way too much considering those are three of the best prospects in all of baseball, plus a proven starter in nova. I could see nova and montero being a fair price considering the Rockies won’t ge able to resign jiminez

  2. Naked truth says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees go ahead with the Rockies’ demands since they buy every player available to win a championship every year.

    1. myles says:

      That’s a false statement considering most of our players are home grown and traded for. Every team buys players and the only player we “bought” were CC Tex and burnet…. stop hating

      1. John Lazzaro says:

        most of yankees players aren’t really homegrown for the most part. Are Colon Garcia Martin Granderson Jones and Swisher homegrown? I’d think not.

  3. Markstripes says:

    In a few years Banuelos will be the better pitcher. There’s no way the Yanks should make this deal.

    1. lydia says:

      If they make that trade, all of the Yankee brass should be shot….Montero, yes as he will not be a good catcher and there is no other position for him…..but three young pitchers, two of them are a few years away….not a chance…
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  4. Ben says:

    Montero and Nova with a couple of B-list prospects (Warren, Phelps, Noesi, Mitchell or Brackman) would be fair. Yanks are heading towards the postseason, so they really do not need to make a deal. Sure, it would be nice to have a great number 2 behind Sabbathia, but 2 bad starts does not undo what Colon has done this year. AJ, can still catch lightning in a bottle, as we saw in ’09. Hughes could be back for good and on his way to what made him a great pitcher in the first half of 2010.

    Sure, Jimenez would be great. And the Rox don’t have to trade him either because he is under contract. But saying one team has more leverage than the other in this situation is ridiculous. Jimenez will be leaving Coors Field, but he will also be coming to Yankee Stadium and the AL East. That right there is basically a wash in terms of ERA. What the Yanks would be giving up? Montero, for all the controversy, can play catcher, probably below average. Maybe he can make an uninspiring 1st baseman as well. But his bat, which is not questioned, is middle of the order. He could kill it at Coors. As for the Rox getting Nova, he has pitched competently and has improved. He has good speed and most importantly is a ground ball pitcher. Other Yankee prospects who weren’t considered elite, aka Ian Kennedy, have gone to the NL and done well. Nova can easily do that for the Rox and him combined with Montero along with the mid-back end rotation potential of Phelps, Warren, Mitchell, Noesi, and/or Brackman is fair.

  5. Brian says:

    Jimenez is a heck of an arm and i understand he has a couple of years left on a reasonable contract, but that is too much to give up for a guy just based on one great year. We’re not talking about Roy Halladay here. I would give up Montero, one of those pitchers and a less significant prospect. You can’t give up your four best prospects for Jimenez.

  6. Renegade says:

    ..let us not forget that he is national league pitcher who will be playing in the AL east sandbox…..the track records for those guys failing is long a famous….

  7. Jarhead says:

    Hopefully The Brass is not as dumb as it used to be , I say we stand pat and keep our boys , no need to get a Ubaldo , our pitching is at the very minimal good , so lets bring those kids up and lets enjoy the game , let Ubaldo be someone elses problem. our kids can come up and be an era of 4.00 etc or better , our hitting has been inconsistant hopefully Alex Heals well and we move on from there.

  8. Lance Adams - Houston TX says:

    Jiminez is no one-year wonder. He is worth a king’s ransom. I wouldn’t trade all that, but we will have to give up a heck of alot to get him. He is worth it. Young,, and one of the best arms in the majors. We can build rotation around him for years to come.

  9. Lance Adams - Houston TX says:

    Jimenez is young, and one of the best arms in the Majors. He was injured early on this eason, and has been improving and will have a huge second half. He is right there with Felix Hernandez as far as talent goes; someone you can build your team around for years.

    It’s no wonder CO would ask for everything the Yankees have to move him.
    ould I trade all that for him, no way either. But if you think we can get a real stud pitcher without lising at least 1 of our top pitching prospects, Montero and more, you don’t understand baseball.

    Yanks are in tough situation, aging stars without stud starting pitchers. They are made for the regular season, but not the post season. I say we stick with the young talent and rebuild.

  10. Larry says:

    Is that all they want, maybe the Yankees could give them a piece of the team and Jeters 3000th hit ball also.

  11. Pete says:

    a fair trade for Jimenez would be brackman montero and 2 other c or d grade players. this trade is just downright dumb, if they wanna throw cargo or tulo in their then its fair

  12. Renegade says:

    If they make that trade, all of the Yankee brass should be shot….Montero, yes as he will not be a good catcher and there is no other position for him…..but three young pitchers, two of them are a few years away….not a chance…

    I wouldn’t make that trade for King Felix…….

    I still remember Ken Phelps for Jay Buhner…..

  13. Puh-Lease says:

    For that kind of trade they can keep him in Colorado

  14. The Motivator says:

    They’re out of their freaking minds if they think we’re going to deal that much for a one-year wonder.

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