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So Did The Cubs Shop Zambrano?

New York sources continue to insist to the Big Apple's news media that the Yankees took a run at Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano in the past week prior to re-acquiring Javier Vazquez from the Atlanta Braves. In fact, Friday's edition of the NY Daily News says that the Cubs did indeed discuss a deal and that the Cubs were willing to take back left hander Kei Igawa and the 12 million dollars left on his deal to try to make the financial aspects of a trade possible.

So is it true? Were the Cubs shopping Zambrano? Sources very close to the Yankees who would not speak on the record told me that there was really nothing in the way of negotiations with the Cubs regarding Big Z. One phone call was placed to see if Zambrano was available, and Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman was told that short of an overwhelming deal in terms of talent, and the Yanks assuming all of the remaining 53 million dollars on Zambrano's contract, the Cubs had no interest in trading their #1 starter.

So while there was a call made to gauge the Cubs interest, there really was nothing to the frenzy that hit the internet early this week regarding Zambrano and the Yankees. With Ted Lilly coming off of shoulder surgery, and Rich Harden now pitching for the Texas Rangers, the Cubs are very thin in the rotation. Trading Zambrano would be a foolish thing to do, unless the deal was a huge win for the Cubs. And with the Yankees payroll already at $200 million, there was no chance that they were assuming all of Big Z's contract.

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tom said:

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How about a deal with the Red Sox? Zambrano for Clay Bucholz and Jacoby Ellsbury.This way you dump Zambranos salary get a good pitcher in return and a center fielder and leadoff man in Ellsbury.My own opinion on Zambrano is Great talent but will never be a great pitcher.I think his shoulder still bothers him and believe he hurt it when he had that explosion in the dugout when he hoisted the Gatorade cooler over his head.Get rid of him now while he has value or risk another Prior situation

Rich C said:

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Zambrano has the arm to win a Cy Young, but, I'd still trade him if the package in return was a huge win for the Cubs.

tom said:

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He has the arm to win the Cy Young but not the brain

joeydafish said:

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Zambrano, like any major leauger should not be considered "un-touchable". Even Albert Pujols, Roy Halliday, Cliff Lee have been or would be traded FOR A GREAT PACKAGE OF TALENT in return. However, the GM involved is crucial and although Hendry locked up Zambrano with a riciculous amount of money and a no trade clause it's one of his less offensive deals (THAT says a lot..). With that said I would have ZERO confidence in Hendry getting that GREAT PACKAGE in return for big Z. Big Z is one of the few "bad" Hendry contracts the Cubs should be able to live with as he at least can contribute to the rotation, eat innings and POSSIBLY blossom into an ace.

reedy9er said:

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Zambrano has a no trade clause and would deny any deal. duh

joeydafish said:

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Sure he has a no trade clause as do other players, thanks to Hendry's SHREWD way of doing his job. "I'll pay you to much, give you too many years AND give you a no trade clause...take it or leave it, those are my final conditions!" Geez Jim, you drive a hard bargain...I, uh, uh...guess I'll take it!!!
Maybe the oncoming 2010 season whith Hendyr as their GM yet again may be just enough to get some of these players to actually waive the no trade clause Hendry gave them??? No big deal either way, keep the players, trade the players...it's all going to come down to how bad the other Central Division teams do more so than how well the Cubs do.

chefsteve14 said:

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I am getting really tired of all the bull Jim Hendry gets. Cubs fans please remember, the Cubs have been to the playoffs more in the last several years than in the last 57 years under Jim. So lets give him, and the players a chance, and I do think the Cubs will WIN in 2010.

joeydafish said:

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Give Hendry YET ANOTHTHER chance??? Yeesh!!! NO WAY.
WIN what in 2010? The division? The NL penant? The World Series?
Or just an above .500 record? I'd get used to the bull
because as evidenced by the Byrd signing which is not one of Hendry's WORST signings but still typical of the same old bull us fans get from him, the bull he gets is going to keep on coming until the buck stops at his desk. It seems he is one hell of a lucky and teflon coated GM. I think chefsteve may be in the minority as most comments on several blog sites are leaning towards fans being TIRED OF HENDRY!

Kathryn said:

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Hopefully the new owners will hold Hendry more accountable than the Tribune did. That being said, I think 2010 will be a transition year for the Cubs and the new owners, and we as CUBS fans shouldn't expect too much above a .500 team. They did get rid of the biggest pain in the arse, and that should help!!

joeydafish said:

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They did not get rid of the biggest pain in the arse, that would have been the dismissal of Hendry, THEN Bradley. 2010 should have been considered somewhat of a transition season as well as an evaluation season for some home grown talent. Evidently Hendry does not believe in such as he signs yet another vetran for more years than he should have and allocated payroll in the wrong direction. Byrd for 3 years? Come on, Hendry continues to live in his own little reality and needs to find a program and then get with it!

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