7/27 Rumors

ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that the Cubs were trying to get the Yankees to trade for Carlos Zambrano and that the Cubs would pick up a large portion of Z’s contract. However, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Yankees’ response was: No interest. Zambrano, who has a full no-trade clause, is signed through 2012 plus a vesting option for 2013. He’s being paid $17.875 million this year, and is owed $18 million in 2012. The 2013 option is for $19.25 million. He will become a 10-and-5 player in early August. Zambrano gets the start Wednesday against the Brewers at Miller Park, one of his favorite places to pitch. He’s won his last seven decisions at the ballpark, dating to April 7, 2007, and has a 2.40 ERA. That includes his no-hitter on Sept. 14, 2008, against the Astros.

Would you trade Big Z?

— Carrie Muskat


Dumping Z just for the sake of dumping him makes no sense (given the rotation going forward, it would be robbing Peter to pay Paul, at best); but trading him to clear a significant chunk of salary, or to get something of serious value in return certainly makes sense.

So, I suppose the answer to whether I’d trade Z is: it depends.

The Hendry chickens our now home to roost. Even if he manages to move the immovable contracts of Zambrano, Soriano, Fukodome…does ANYBODY think he’ll get any value in return? Ha! Brett is correct, Hendry is firmly painted into his own corner and should be happy just to dump ANY portion of these three contracts just to save ANY amount of money.
But to think he has any leverage is ludicrous. I know teams may become desperate for help but the player would have to OFFER some help. Zambrano may offer a little, Soriano offers NO HELP and Fukodome offers just SOME defense…what team will give up players of value for the likes of these 3 stooges?? Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

Dumb just to dump Zambrano and eat most of all of his contract. Just hold onto Zambrano and if he pitches well next year than you trade him for a better package of prospects and plus Zambrano will be in his free agent year.

It would only be wise to trade Zambrano if the Cubs can save 50% of his remaining salary, anything less than that then I agree with Larry, better to keep him to eat up innings next season and give him one last chance to succeed. You know the old saying: If at first you don’t succeed…keep on suking ’til you do suck seed.

Maybe they can move him to Tampa with Matt Garza for Robinson Chirinos, Brandon Guyer, Hak-Ju Lee and Chris Archer. Who am I kidding? No way the Rays take that deal.

Andy, that’s pretty funny.

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