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Reds Rumors: Ubaldo Jimenez, Edinson Volquez

The Reds are trying to keep up with St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, so it's not surprising that they're still trying to improve. What will be surprising is if they pull off the big one, and land a legitimate ace for the long run. Here are the latest reports on the Reds, yo.

  • Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports tweeted that Cincinnati is talking about Jimenez with the Rockies still, but there isn't necessarily a favorite right now. They're not likely to deal Devin Mesoraco at this point, and Colorado would likely want an MLB-ready pitcher in return. It'll be a huge package if Jimenez is dealt. 
  • The Reds are trying to acquire Jimenez, but they may deal from their set of starting pitchers regardless of how that goes. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Reds have received inquiries on Edinson Volquez and could trade the starter this month. Volquez, 28, has battled injuries and command issues most of his career. He peaked in 2008 during his age-25 season, when he went 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA and 206 strikeouts, good for over 4 wins above replacement. Even then he struggled with high walk totals, though, but obviously that season is likely what teams are looking at when they see potential in Volquez. Clubs that have been looking at the right-handed pitcher include the Rangers, Yankees, Indians and Tigers; interestingly, all AL teams.