A baseball source with knowledge of the Yankees’ intentions said Saturday that the team has “zero interest” in making a trade for Carlos Zambrano, the Chicago Cubs’ talented but volatile right-hander…
…there have been recent reports of the Yankees scouting Zambrano’s recent starts. With the Yankees’ starting staff decimated by injuries to Phil Hughes and Bartolo Colon, it seemed like a natural fit.
Not so, said the source, who told ESPNNewYork.com, “It’s all (B.S.) There’s no seriousness to it at all.”
The official cited Zambrano’s declining ability — the velocity on his fastball has dropped in recent years from an average of 92 mph in 2009 to 89.8 mph this year, according to FanGraphs.com — and prohibitive contract.
“He’s just not worth the money,” the official said. “The Cubs would have to pick up most if not all of the contract. I just don’t see it happening.”
This doesn’t mean the report that the Yankees had officials in attendance to watch Zambrano was false, but instead it means that they went there and didn’t like what they saw.
Zambrano’s ERA is up to 4.59 which can probably be partially attributed to a decline in velocity. He went from an average of 91.5 in 2009 down to 89.8 this year. That doesn’t sound like a deal breaker necessarily, but when you combine that with Big Z’s baggage it isn’t hard to see why the Yankees aren’t interested.
For what it’s worth, Yankees pitching coach and former Cubs pitching coach, Larry Rothschild vouched for Zambrano’s personality and said that he has been able to get the best out of him in the past and could potentially do it again.