A couple of weeks ago, there was a (ridiculous) suggestion in the local media that perhaps the Chicago Cubs should explore a trade with the cross-town White Sox, swapping big contract righty Carlos Zambrano for big contract right Jake Peavy. For a number of reasons, the trade makes no sense.

But that doesn’t mean there might not be something there.

Some baseball people believe the White Sox could have interest in the Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano, possibly even for the newly acquired Jake Peavy. It would be a way for two teams without much money to spend to shake things up, but wouldn’t Peavy have more value than Zambrano at this point? chicagotribune.com.

To the latter question: no, of course not. Peavy’s career has been a constant vacillation between unbelievable and mediocre. His career ERA+, 119, is well below Zambrano’s 127. And Zambrano isn’t coming off a nearly four-month ankle injury.

To the former point: is it really worth a move like this simply to “shake things up”?



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