7/27 Big Z to Yankees? – UPDATE
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports Wednesday a source told him the Cubs are trying to get the Yankees to take Carlos Zambrano, and offering money to offset his salary. However, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports said the Yankees’ reply was: No interest. The Cubs would have to get Big Z’s approval because he has a full no-trade clause. Zambrano is signed through 2012 plus a vesting option for 2013. He’s being paid $17.875 million this year, and is owed $18 million in 2012. The 2013 option is for $19.25 million. He will become a 10-and-5 player in early August. Zambrano (7-5, 4.70 ERA) is scheduled to start Wednesday at Miller Park against the Brewers. He’s won his last seven decisions at Miller Park and has a 2.40 ERA there. That stretch includes his no-hitter Sept. 14, 2008, against the Astros.
— Carrie Muskat