Last week, when rumors of a possible Carlos Zambrano trade bubbled over, Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry came forward with his rebuttal: it wasn’t happening. No, not because the Cubs love Zambrano and would never trade him (I still can’t get over the fact that Hendry did not say this); instead, Hendry’s reason? Zambrano has a no-trade clause.

Fair enough, I suppose, as all indications are that Zambrano would invoke that no-trade clause if the Cubs attempted to trade him just about anywhere. Anywhere except… Chicago?

[Zambrano] would invoke his no-trade clause unless it would be to the White Sox, because he wants to stay in Chicago. Baseball Prospectus.

Um, hello. Carlos Zambrano does have a good relationship with White Sox skipper and fellow crazy guy Ozzie Guillen, and perhaps he loves Chicago so much that it’s the only place he’d ever go. That said, it’s hard to imagine Zambrano being too crazy about going to the American League – I don’t think there’s a pitcher in baseball who enjoys batting as much as he does.

Also, there’s probably not too much to get antsy about here anyway: the same BP report noted that the White Sox would be unlikely to actually try and make a move for Zambrano after acquiring Jake Peavy last year.

h/t CCO.

  • Butcher

    Shut your filthy mouth, Ace. Just shut it.

    • Rappster

      Exactly…do you really want to be another National Enquirer wannabe?


    • Ace

      It’s your dream scenario.

  • wv23

    Phil Rogers suggested in September the Whtie Sox would trade Peavy for Zambrano:

    So you know it’s not happening.

  • Coldneck

    Zambrano and a minor leaguer for Peavy?

  • Cardfan

    The mental instability of a Zambruillen combination could potentially throw the world off its axis every five days. Think of the children, man….

    • Ace

      Think of the ratings!

  • Jacob

    Sure. Let’s just trade away one of the last three proved starters we have. And since one will be down in the beginning, this is just asking for trouble.

    • Ace

      Indeed. I have a hard time envisioning any kind of scenario where a team would be willing to give up enough to make the deal worthwhile for the Cubs as currently constituted. And that’s, again, not even considering the no-trade stuff.

  • Kevin G

    As much as I would love to get rid of Zambrano and his salary, I really dont want him as a White Sox.

  • KB

    I don’t want to get rid of Z in any way. Part of the reason I enjoy MLB is for entertainment purposes. That’s why I was about the only Cub fan who enjoyed the Bradley era, and was hoping for an encore year.
    Z is fun. Z is good.
    I wish he were better, or more consistent. I wish that all of his pitching numbers were not trending downward. But he’s an important part of this staff, and we can’t contend without very good starting pitching.

    We’re a rich team. Overpaying for Zambrano is the least of our concerns.