Report: Cubs ‘Trying to Nudge’ the Yankees Into Taking Carlos Zambrano, Offering Cash to Offset Salary

Carlos Zambrano has needed a change of scenery for quite some time now and the Chicago Cubs apparently feel the same way.

The Cubs are trying to move Zambrano to New York, reports ESPN's Buster Olney, by offering money to offset Big Z's salary. Zambrano is in the fourth year of a five-year, $91.5 million contract that ends after the 2012 season, with a player option for 2013.

The Yankees, who could use another arm behind CC Sabathia, were monitoring the situation in Colorado with Ubaldo Jimenez. However, the asking price — three of the Yankees top prospects, including Manuel Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Jesus Montero — seems too steep.

Zambrano is currently 7-5 with a 4.70 ERA, and it's hard to say those numbers would improve by coming to the offensively loaded AL East. However, if the figures make sense for Brian Cashman and New York, Zambrano could end up in the Bronx by Sunday.

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