Yesterday, we heard the Yankees linked–though it was obviously a fabricated link–to someone they’ve been linked to before: Carlos Zambrano. Two Chicago writers penned scenarios that would send Big Z to the Yankees.
Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago thinks the Cubs could get Joba Chamberlain or Brett Gardner for Zambrano, but that’s an absolute joke. There’s no way the Yankees would do that, and the MLBTR article says that, too. The only way Zambrano comes to the Yankees is going to be if the Cubs are doing a straight salary dump. He’s scheduled to make $17.875M this year, is guaranteed $18M in 2012, with a vesting option for 2013 worth $19.25M “1) he is first or second in 2011 Cy Young vote or if he finishes in top 4 in 2012 Cy Young vote and 2) he is healthy at end of 2012” (Cot’s).
That’s…ugly. But, since we’re trying to be fair, let’s look at the numbers.
Zambrano’s strikeouts are down to 6.02 (8.12 in 2010, 7.63 career), but so are the walks at 2.80 (4.04 career).… Click here to read the rest