Colorado Rockies Outright Matt McBride, Close Book On Ubaldo Jimenez Trade


Matt McBride, the final remaining player from the infamous Ubaldo Jimenez trade, was outrighted from the Colorado Rockies‘ 40-man roster on Friday afternoon.

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When the Colorado Rockies traded Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians, it was an altogether ugly moment for the franchise. Granted, the return they got at the time seemed to be a great return for Jimenez.

There was left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz, there was right-handed pitcher Alex White, and in a move that had to be called a throw-in, there was utility player Matt McBride. Those were the three players the Rockies got for Ubaldo Jimenez.

Oddly enough, McBride stuck with the Rockies the longest. But on Friday, the Rockies out-righted the utility man from their roster and officially put a bow on that darn Jimenez trade.

According to Patrick Saunders:

McBride has 52 big league appearances to his name, all with the Rockies. Those games were divided between the 2012 and 2014 seasons. McBride batted .211/.243/.358 with four home runs and 17 RBI. He was an impressive minor league player, but that production never translated in limited big league action.

Goodness knows that the Rockies would have liked to have seen McBride pop, as he plays multiple positions of need for the franchise (catcher, first base). Ultimately it looks like McBride will continue to be the minor league journeyman that he was projected to be when the Rockies acquired him in the first place.

Now let’s consider the big picture for the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. Once the Rockies decline Brett Anderson‘s option this off-season, the move they are expected to make, that will end the line of the Drew Pomeranz piece of the deal. So that leaves the Rockies with no McBride and no Pomeranz/Anderson. That just leaves us Wilton Lopez, whom the Rockies acquired for Alex White.

You know, we might just want to start trying to forget that trade right now.

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