Carlos Zambrano to be on pitch count in first start

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Carlos Zambrano is set to rejoin the Cubs’ rotation tomorrow against the Pirates and Lou Piniella revealed that he’ll be limited to about 90 pitches in his first start since April 20.
Zambrano stretched out a bit with a 73-pitch simulated game last week, but he hasn’t thrown more than 35 pitches in a real game for six weeks and logged a grand total of just 13 innings during that time because the Cubs struggled to use him consistently as a reliever.
Prior to the switch to relief duties Zambrano had thrown 110, 121, and 119 pitches in his last three starts and he’s annually been one of the league leaders in pitches thrown, so don’t expect the Cubs to limit his workload for long.

Report: Mets have discussed a Matt Harvey trade with at least two teams

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Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.

The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.

Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.

Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”