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