- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2011

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez says he wants to play winter ball again in hopes of strengthening his arm to avoid a repeat of the rocky start he had this season.

Jimenez tells The Associated Press he hopes to play for the Dominican Republic’s Licey Tigers, and the Rockies are on board with those plans, general manager Dan O'Dowd said Thursday.

Jimenez last played winter ball in 2009, before his best season in the majors. Of course, it may all end up being a moot point as far as the Rockies are concerned if O'Dowd trades the 27-year-old right-hander.

O'Dowd is listening to offers but says he’ll have to be overwhelmed to part with his best pitcher, who has six wins since June 1 after starting 0-5.

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