So after scouring Cot's Baseball Contracts, we have come up with a number of hypothetical trades for the Cubs and Zambrano this offseason that might, or might not, make sense.
Cubs acquire: Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo, Prospects
Mets acquire: Carlos Zambrano, Aaron Miles
Why this makes sense for the Cubs
-Castillo and Perez are only signed through 2011, which will save the Cubs money in the long run
-Castillo put up great numbers this season with a .310 batting average and a .400 OBP. He would solve the Cubs' 2B nicely and give the Cubs immediate production at the top of the order.
-Perez was miserable this season, but he still has tons of potential. Yes Perez is a headcase, but when he's on (in the past), he's been one of the better pitchers in the National League
-The Cubs don't have to pay a dime for the Mets to take Zambrano off their hands
-Get rid of Carlos Zambrano and his antics!
Why this makes sense for the Mets
-acquiring a pitcher of Zambrano's stature and age would be a major coup for the Mets, who have failed to find a solid No. 2 starter to compliment Johan Santana
-Get rid of Luis Castillo!
-Get rid of Oliver Perez!
Why this makes no sense for the Cubs
-Who in their right mind would pick up Oliver Perez right now?
-Luis Castillo...two years, $12 million? Pleaaaasse. That's too much!
Why this makes no sense for the Mets
-Can they afford to pick up Zambrano's salary including the money owed?
-What kind of prospects would the Cubs be looking for in this deal?
Bottom Line: Pipe dream, I know. I'd love to see Big Z on the Mets, but this deal just involves too much risk for the Cubs.
And honestly, this trade on paper just looks dumb. Back to the drawing board!
Coming up: Hypothetical Carlos Zambrano trade #3
Does this trade make any sense? Thoughts?
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