MLB Trade Scenario: The Chances of Carlos Zambrano Being Dealt to Boston

Jeffrey Schmidt@JeffSchmidt9Correspondent IIIJuly 14, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 25:  Starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Chicago Cubs throws against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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The AL East has been its usually competitive self so far this season, and all three top teams wouldn't mind to add another top starting pitcher to their respective rotations. 

Carlos Zambrano is a name that has been brought up, but is also one that has not received as much attention as it should. Zambrano will reportedly waive his no- trade clause if the team asked him to do so.

This opens up a number of possibilities for the veteran right-hander, but I see Boston as a dark horse to scoop him up before the deadline. 

The Red Sox have never been bashful when it comes to making a deadline move, and the only thing that could hold them back would be the amount of money they have spent on players such as Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lackey. Both players have disappointed and have not lived up to their gigantic deals.

What would the Cubs want back in return? 

Prospects, prospects and more prospects. This team is not going anywhere with their current roster, and a clean sweep should be taking place. The Red Sox have the 14th-best-rated farm system, which means they have pieces to move. Players such as Jose Iglesias and Anthony Ranaudo could be involved in a Zambrano deal. 

Let's not forget that all hope is not lost for Boston. 

The team is still in first place and can get by with what they have in place. There should be no concern in Red Sox nation—this is just pure speculation. The Red Sox will make a deadline move, even if it is not for Carlos Zambrano