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Yankees scout Zambrano; could deal for righty

Posted on: June 17, 2011 1:28 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 4:51 pm
By Evan Brunell

With trade season kicking into gear and the Chicago Cubs inching closer and closer to irrelevancy, teams still in the postseason hunt are starting to scout Cubs players. The Yankees are no exception and are thought to be taking a serious look Carlos Zambrano, ESPN Chicago reports.

The Yankees had several scouts watch Zambrano pitch on the most recent 10-game road trip. These scouts weren't doing due diligence for the upcoming Yankees-Cubs series as New York uses video for advance scouting. No, these were top advisers to GM Brian Cashman, so the interest is real. Also helping matters in greasing a Zambrano-to-New-York trade is the fact that Big Z's pitching coach for his first nine years in the majors, Larry Rothschild, is now the Yankees' pitching coach. Rothschild jumped to the Big Apple before the 2011 season.

Zambrano has a 4.59 ERA on the season in 96 innings, punching out 67 and walking 35. That's improved command that Zambrano hasn't displayed since 2008, but his strikeout rate is just 6.4 K/9, also 2008-type numbers; he punched out just over eight per nine innings in the last two seasons. His ERA is a bit misleading, as it was at 3.98 just two starts ago; in addition, his FIP (similar to ERA, except it strips out all effect defense and other factors have on a pitcher's numbers) for the season is at 3.83.

There's $27 million left on Zambrano's contract, which the Yankees would have no problem absorbing if it meant giving up less in a trade. The righty does have a no-trade clause, but back on June 6, ESPN Chicago quoted a friend of Zambrano's saying, "At this point Carlos would probably let the Cubs trade him to Siberia."

Some Yankees evaluators prefer Ryan Dempster to Zambrano -- who wouldn't? -- but the Cubs are not believed to be interested in dealing Dempster. All told, a trade for Zambrano by the Yankees remains, at the very least, an intriguing option.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:41 pm

Yankees scout Zambrano; could deal for righty

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Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 7:08 pm

Yankees scout Zambrano; could deal for righty

If you don't want Z Yanks don't deal for him

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 6:25 pm

Yankees scout Zambrano; could deal for righty

Past his prime??  Dude just turned 30.
Sorry, Cub homer, didn't mean to insult you with reality.  Just because a guy just turned 30 doesn't mean he isn't past his prime.  Maintaining a, just barely, sub 4.00 ERA in a punchless NL Central?  Check.  Hasn't pitched more than 200 innings since '07?  Check.  Mental midget?  Check.  Throw the headcase into a pennant race, in the tough as nails AL East, and it's a recipe for disaster.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 6:18 pm

Yankees scout Zambrano; could deal for righty

"Some Yankees evaluators prefer to Zambrano -- who wouldn't?"

People who know baseball.

Dumpster is 34 with an ERA hovering near 6.

But hey, we all know the kind of pitchers Yankees evaluators prefer...

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2011 5:52 pm

Yankees scout Zambrano; could deal for righty

Trade the psyco, but again the Yanks get to deal for a solid pitcher when in need while other organization with less cash to throw around can not pull off this deal, not too sure how I feel about this. 

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2011 4:44 pm

Yankees scout Zambrano; could deal for righty

It was almost this time last year that he was yanked from the rotation fo about a month...punished for his dugout rant...came back and was almost unhittable from August on...this guy is EXACTLY what the yankees ACE at a bargain basement price that has a fire in his belly to win..1 or 2 low level prospects and the cubs eat 10 mil or so and slot him right in behind CC...theres a reason why this guy got 18.5 mil per year..with a chance to actually win a World Series I think the Yanks would get the best that this guy has to give...

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2011 3:02 pm

Yankees scout Zambrano; could deal for righty

Great, another headcase to add to the team. We could use another outfielder too, how about we get Milton Bradley.

Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: June 18, 2011 3:00 pm

Yankees scout Zambrano; could deal for righty

The Cubs paid Z to be the Hoss then never gave him a chance to do it.  Remember Lou pulling Z after 5 innings of a playoff game to "save" him for the next start?  The next start never happened.  If I had a dime for every time Lou pulled Z with a lead the Cubs blew, I could buy Yankees season tickets. Z wants to stay in Chicago and lead the charge to end the goat jinx. Unless the Cubbies get at least 2 all but guaranteed franchise prospects and/or get 1 all but franchise prospect + unload Soriano + salary as well, they would be stupid to get rid of the only Cub who really seems to give hoot.  Remember the 3 in a row champion Oakland A's?  They could barely sit in the same dugout together, but on the field they produced 3 straight championships. Passion is mistaken as "head case". I wish the Cubbies had 10 other head cases the quality of Z.  Z haters are idiots.

Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2011 2:53 pm

Yankees scout Zambrano; could deal for righty

I love how writers use statments like his ERA is misleading because it was lower 2 starts ago. Its not week 2, we are almost half way through the season, era is era at this point in the season. If every pitcher could take out there worst 2 starts there ERA's would drop considerably. I dont see how a guy that has had the trouble he has had in the NL would have any chance in the AL east. I guess the depth could not hurt but I am pretty sure that his cost of 19 million pro-rated may be a bit much. I would love to see the yankees pick him up because if they do he has to play with the salary he will have.

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