The Yankees may try to seek a trade for Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano thanks to their failed effort to land free agent Cliff Lee.
A report in the New York Daily News targets Big Z and New York's plan B.
That would be bad news for Cardinals fans because the Cubs have been somewhat hamstrung by payroll concerns this off-season. Chicago is on the hook for about $145 million in salaries for 2011. Zambrano will make $36 million over the next two years and has a vesting option for $19.25 million in 2013.
There was some discussion last season about a Zambrano swap to the Yankees that never really gained any traction. Zambrano said at the time that he would use his no-trade protection to block a deal. But a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then, including a lengthy suspension because of another of the hot headed pitcher's outbursts that may cause him to reconsider greener pastures. Meanwhile another year has ticked off of Zambrano's contract making the remainder easier to swallow for New York.
Former Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild is the Yankees' new hurling tutor, which may make the move more appealing for Zambrano.