For the briefest of moments today, the Cublogoverse was gripped by the following rumor:

With his everyday lineup for 2010 set, Cashman has turned attention to the rotation, and will almost certainly add a starter by New Year’s, according to a major league source.

Cashman is believed to have inquired about Carlos Zambrano, but with the Cubs’ asking price high for the 28-year-old right-hander — who is coming off an injury-plagued 2009 — it’s more probable the Yankees will go the free-agent route. NYPOST.com.

Trading Carlos Zambrano would leave the Cubs with the enviable prospect of starting the season with a rotation that features Ryan Dempster (that’s ok), Randy Wells (hope it wasn’t a fluke), Carlos Silva (oh sweet, merciful Jesus no), and Hall and Oates (you make my dreams come true).

So clearly, the Cubs are totally considering it, right? Child, please.

Bruce Miles quickly dropped the knowledge:

For the record, Z’s agent, Barry Praver (who is always accessible), sent me an e-mail saying: “Jim (Cubs GM Hendry) has not approached us about Carlos waiving the no-trade provision of his contract nor is Carlos interested in waiving it.”

This, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean the rumor is untrue. It wouldn’t be particularly shocking to learn that the Yankees, looking for a front-end starting pitcher, had inquired about the availability of Carlos Zambrano. What would have been shocking would be to learn that the Cubs gave the matter serious consideration.

  • http://www.wrigleyvillesports.com/ Eric C

    Haha, your description of the available Cubs pitchers was hilarious.

  • Kevin G

    Why is everyone so in love with Carlos? To quote Bull durham he has a million dollar arm and a 2 cent head. If you can get at least Hughes, Gardner and a top prospect that would be great. Specially if it their top hitting prospect, the catcher that is projected to hit 40 hr a year. Then take the money and got get Chapman. Everyone needs to look big picture.

    • Ace

      Chapman is far, far, far from a sure thing. Ditto Hughes. Zambrano, for all his flaws, is a sure thing. You can count on two hands the pitchers in the game that, on any given day, have the potential to completely take over a game and single-handedly win it for their team. Z is one of those guys. It’s just that, unfortunately, he alternates games like that with games that he can’t find the strike zone or a cloud he doesn’t like yelling at.

      All that said, I do like where your head is at: if the Cubs *could* trade Z for a very good ML ready arm and a young positional player, while not eating any of Z’s salary, they should probably do it. And then, as you suggest, go out and sign a front line starting pitcher (of course, look around … that guy isn’t out there right now) with the savings.

  • s.p.

    If the rumors are true, why not try and unload Soriano as well because I really see him making the Cubbies any better.

    • Ace

      I don’t think there’s a Cub fan alive that wouldn’t love to see the Cubs trade Soriano. But no team anywhere ever is going to want to touch his contract.

      Any team except the Cubs, that is.

  • s.p.

    That was meant to say NOT make the Cubs any better. Hendry really should get creative this offseason for a change. Prove you really want to bring a championship to the Northside!

  • juniorbors

    Im on board with Kevin G. Put Gardner in center, Hughes can have some time to work on things and the NL is more forgiving. Build the farm system up and save money. Maybe walk away from the Cuban.
    Z is no way a sure thing. Dont know how you could even say he is unless you are referring to its a sure thing he will not win more then 15 games, be overpaid, not show up for the big game, implode during an inning when an error is made. . . . . . .

    • Ace

      Carlos Zambrano has had an ERA+ of 117 or higher and an ERA under 4 for 7 straight years. In what universe is that not a sure thing?

      You may not like Zambrano’s inconsistency, but over the past 7 years, he’s one of the five best pitchers in all of baseball. Does that mean the Cubs shouldn’t consider trading him? Of course not. But come on. Let’s at least be honest about his performance. Over the course of an entire season, he’s as much a lock for a good season as any pitcher in baseball.

  • juniorbors

    Did you just verify what I was saying with your response. I believe you stated that he was a “sure thing” and then in the next sentence mentioned he was inconsistent. So, its a sure thing that he is inconsistent. Past 7 years, one of the best 5, only on a cubs blog could you get away with that statement.

    • Ace

      He’s a sure thing to have a good season. What about that is confusing?

      If by “sure thing,” you somehow meant a sure thing to have a good start, every single start, then I guess there isn’t a sure thing pitcher in all of baseball. They’re all inconsistent.

  • Kevin G

    You cant tell me i he is a #1 pitcher. A #1 is consistent he is reliable, he isnt a baby that fits when things dont go their way. Look at Maddux one of the greatest pitchers of alltime, Roy Halliday a great in his our right. Big Z is not a #1 but he is getting #1 money so in my option he has to go so we can get a real #1 soon.

    • Ace

      If Z is not a number one, I would like you to name 30 better starting pitchers in baseball. I’ll wait.

      Again, I want to reiterate – I’m not saying Zambrano isn’t overpaid. He is. Very much so. But short of getting a sure-thing starter back in return, trading Z is only worthwhile if the Cubs are doing a full-on rebuild.

      • Kevin Gallo

        30 no but there arent 30 #1s in the majors right now. But how about 21 I think that will prove my point: C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett

      • Kevin Gallo

        Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwight, Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Roy Oswalt, Wandy Rodrriguez, Cliff Lee Feliz Hernandez, Josh Johnson, Johan Santana, Roy Halladay, Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Jake Peavy, Mark Buehrle, and you cant forget Zack Greinke. It may not be the 30 you want but I think 21 proves my point

        • Ace

          Wait, wait. Are you saying you’d take all of those guys before Zambrano? If so, I strongly disagree on about half of them.

  • KB

    Here’s how we trade Z to the Yankees: they get Z if they take Soriano back.
    Frankly, they might like Alf in that lineup. And his contract would only be an anchor for 29 teams, not the Spanks.

    Have NY throw in Hughes or someone young. Commit to rebuilding. Transfer Jim to a job that he might actually be able to be good at.

  • Kevin Gallo

    30 no but there arent 30 #1 in the majors. How about 21 C.C. Sabathia

  • Kevin G

    Again I am not say he doesnt have amazing stuff it is where his head is at. He is ruled too much by his emotions. So he doesnt make the adjustment needed to be a #1. Does he have #1 stuff yes but he doesnt have the head for it. That is the difference sometimes from being a number 1 and a number 2 or 3. Case and point the guy that just got trade to the Yankee (I would bucther the spelling of his name) has amazing stuff but doesnt have the head to be a #1.

  • elkhound

    Maybe we can get Steve Trout and Dick Ruthven to come out of retirement!

    • Ace

      I’m in.

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