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MLB Trade Rumors: Indians Among Favorites To Land Ubaldo Jimenez

The Indians made one deal on Thursday, acquiring outfielder Kosuke Fukudome from the Chicago Cubs, but reports are out there that the Tribe isn't done and have their eyes on a much bigger prize.

According to FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal, the Indians are one of three teams in the running for Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez.  Rosenthall goes on to say that the Indians could match up the best with the Rockies if, and that's a big if, they are willing to part with the players required to make the deal.  The New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds are also believed to be involved.

Who those pieces are we don't know for sure, though Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall could be part of the package.  The Indians need to decide fast if they are going to try and win the AL Central this year or hold on to their top prospects in order to build for 2012 and beyond.

Jimenez could be a part of that future, however, with a budget friendly contract that has him making $2.8 million this season, $4.2 million in 2012 and $5.75 million club-option in 2013.

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