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The Cubs tried to deal Carlos Zambrano to the Yankees

Jul 27, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

Carlos Zambrano AP

Hey, if you don’t ask for something, no one is going to give you anything.  But sometimes it’s possible to ask too much.

That seems to be the case with the Cubs who, with an admirable amount of bravery, asked the Yankees to take Carlos Zambrano off their hands recently. They were reportedly offering to kick in lots of money too, but the Yankees weren’t biting.  Frankly, I’d think that the Cubs could chip in almost all of his salary and the Yankees would say no.

Zambrano, by the way, is owed $23 million through the end of next year and is currently suffering through his worst season since he broke in for a cup of coffee back in 2001.  So you see the central problem here.

  1. Jonny 5 - Jul 27, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    I’m guessing they sprayed whatever they were drinking at the time, everywhere….

    • quintjs - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM

      It would have been nice if Rosenthal had been more honest in his tweet.

      “#Cubs called #Yankees on Zambrano. Yankees’ laughed in their face”

  2. willcoop - Jul 27, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    This is what happens when an athlete becomes the sole focus of the team, but in a negative way. Now he has made himself practically untradeable and to a team that’s always in the hunt year after year. The Cubs will be stuck with this contract until the end, and at best he is now a middle of the rotation guy, no longer an ace.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    “at best he is now a middle of the rotation guy”

    And a very expensive middle of the rotation guy at that.

  4. nudeman - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Reported to camp the 1st year of more rigorous PED testing noticeably lighter. Fastball went from 96 to 92-3. Pretty much hasn’t been worth a shit since.

    You figure it out.

  5. kingbuccaneer - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Boy am I glad not to be a Scrubs fan….

  6. bigharold - Jul 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    I don’t think getting Zambrano is a good idea but the Cubs bring the idea to the Yankees doesn’t seem that far fetched.

    If anyone in the Yankee FO had suggested at the end of last season that the Yankees would have Colon and Garcia as important parts of their rotation and that they would be doing as well as they have been they would have been sent for drug testing on the spot. Circumstances forced the Yankees to think out of the box and try things that they normally wouldn’t have given a second thought to. If the Cubs were willing to eat a big part of his salary why would it be so far fetched for the Yankees take a chance on him?

    That being said, .. hey lets not over do it with the come back stories.

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