There isn’t a whole lot of meat on this rumor – well, ok, there’s no real meat on it – but MLBTradeRumors is reporting that Baseball Prospectus says some folks in Chicago believe a Jake Peavy for Carlos Zambrano trade could be in the works.
It has already been widely reported that the Cubs are expected to shop Zambrano this winter.
It would seem strange for the White Sox to deal Peavy immediately after acquiring him, especially if he’s healthy. And it would seem strange for the Cubs to deal Zambrano straight up for another hard-throwing right-handed pitcher.
Zambrano has three years at about $18 million per left on his deal (with a vesting option as a possible fourth year – if he’s in the top two of the Cy Young vote in 2011, or in the top four in 2012), whereas Peavy also has three years left on his deal at an average of $16 million per. He’s also got a 2013 option, but it’s a club option ($22 million (ha) or a $4 million buyout). So the difference in deals between the two is almost nothing.