7/27 Big Z “enticing?”

There were reports on Wednesday that the Cubs had tried to get the Yankees interested in Carlos Zambrano, and the Cubs would pick up part of his remaining salary. However, the Yankees are not interested. Zambrano was to start Wednesday against the Brewers at Miller Park, where he is 7-0 with a 2.40 ERA in his last eight starts.

“I hope nothing comes of it and he pitches lights out and entices whoever is here to look at him,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said. “I think he, like a few guys, are in control of their own destiny.”

That’s true. Zambrano has a full no-trade clause in his contract.

The right-hander is 2-3 with a 6.23 ERA in his last seven starts after posting a 1-0 mark with a 2.03 ERA in his previous four starts. Zambrano was on the disabled list because of lower back stiffness. He’s still getting back on track.

“Guys don’t always come back ready to roll like when they left,” Quade said, not worried about Zambrano. “Some of that is understandable. He felt good about his finish in his last outing.”

That was against the Astros, when he gave up two runs on nine hits over six innings on July 22.

— Carrie Muskat

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