The Cubs tried to deal Carlos Zambrano to the Yankees

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Hey, if you don’t ask for something, no one is going to give you anything.  But sometimes it’s possible to ask too much.

That seems to be the case with the Cubs who, with an admirable amount of bravery, asked the Yankees to take Carlos Zambrano off their hands recently. They were reportedly offering to kick in lots of money too, but the Yankees weren’t biting.  Frankly, I’d think that the Cubs could chip in almost all of his salary and the Yankees would say no.

Zambrano, by the way, is owed $23 million through the end of next year and is currently suffering through his worst season since he broke in for a cup of coffee back in 2001.  So you see the central problem here.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.