The Cubs have reportedly completed a trade for Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza, which makes absolutely no sense, unless...
Could the Wee Bears have a deal in place to ship out controversial starter Carlos Zambrano?
Garza would give Chicago six starters including Ryan Dempster, Tom Gorzelanny, Randy Wells and Carlos Silva. It's no secret that the Cubs would like to reduce some of their financial burden with a projected payroll of $142 million, according to baseball-reference.com, before Garza was added.
Last year at about this time Zambrano was rumored to be of interest to the Yankees. And I can't believe that interest level would be any less now after New York struck out in its efforts to sign Cliff Lee as a free agent. If Andy Pettitte, who is said to be leaning toward retirement, hangs them up, the Yankees may be even more motivated to make a deal for Big Z.
Zambrano is Chicago's second highest-paid player at $17.875 each of the next two seasons with a vesting option for $19.25 million in 2013.
It appeared Zambrano's career would implode after the was suspended last season for a dugout fight with Derek Lee. He was 3-6 with a 5.66 ERA in the first half of last season. But he was a remarkable 8-0 with a 1.58 ERA in the second half.
If the Cubs want to trade Zambrano, his stock is probably as high as it's going to get.