View Full Version : Rowand/Zambrano swap would make sense

07-04-2010, 12:47 AM
This is just a baseball writer talking here, but what if the Giants considered dealing Aaron Rowand to the Cubs for pitcher Carlos Zambrano in one whale of a change-of-scenery trade?

I have no evidence that such a deal has been discussed, but I think it has to be percolating in the mind of somebody in one of the two front offices.

And I will say this: When I jokingly suggested such a deal to a muckety-muck from one of the two teams, I did not get laughter in return, but this question: "What's the money look like?"

That could be the biggest impediment to such a deal. Zambrano is still owed about $45 million of the five-year, $91.5 million deal he signed before the 2008 season, while the Giants owe Rowand about $30 million from his five-year, $60 million deal. I imagine the Giants would want the Cubs to throw in half the difference, $7.5 million, to equalize the money, and they might not want to do it.

But do they have a choice? Zambrano is on the restricted list at least through the All-Star break after his latest blowup, in which he ranted in the dugout and went nose-to-nose with Derrek Lee. The Cubs might not have any choice except to deal Zambrano, who has burned one too many bridge in Chicago.

Rowand, in turn, might thrive more in a better hitters' park in a city where he won a World Series ring with the White Sox in 2005.

The Cubs would relieve themselves of a big headache. The Giants would add another good arm to their rotation, putting them in a better position to trade a starter for a bat.

Just sayin'.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/giants/detail?blogid=22&entry_id=67176#ixzz0sgaMBgB1

Just speculation, but what do cubs fans think about this potential trade?

07-04-2010, 12:49 AM
Someone tell me how this makes sense? Bc I don't see it.

Captain Obvious
07-04-2010, 12:49 AM
I thought it was pretty obvious...

07-04-2010, 12:50 AM
I've been hearing this for like 3 years running, and it never really has made much sense. Every tiem I hear it come up the Cubs tend to have more OFs than play time as it is, adding another player with little chance of being useful just doen'st seem like a good idea.

Also, I generally discredit anyone who ever says "just sayin'" in an article. If you don't believe it strongly enough to not cut the balls out of it with the last lines don't write it.

07-04-2010, 12:52 AM
I thought it was pretty obvious...
Of course you did, Captain.

07-04-2010, 01:36 AM
Yeah we've got no room for Rowand. We already have Fuku riding the bench and too many OF'ers/

07-04-2010, 01:42 AM
No way

07-04-2010, 08:42 AM
The Cubs have to get Zambrano off the team. Any way.

07-04-2010, 09:58 AM
no this doesnt make sense....we have way to many OFs.

07-04-2010, 09:59 AM
send him to pittsburgh...lol

07-04-2010, 09:59 AM
Come Dec, all we'll hear about on here and probably in the media is Z for Zito. It's a matter of time.

07-04-2010, 12:28 PM
It makes sense for the Giants. Not us though.

07-04-2010, 12:38 PM
we dont need any more outfielders. get a high upside minor leaguer with a hole in his game ala chris davis. pay part of Zs salary but i would love that deal and frankly i think texas would definitely do it

Jilly Bohnson
07-04-2010, 02:12 PM
So let me get this straight, we have 3, possibly four major league outfielders better than Aaron Rowand, and our top prospect is probably less than a year away, and he's also an outfielder. And it "just makes sense" to trade for him?

07-04-2010, 09:45 PM
send zambrano and fuka in a 3 way

07-04-2010, 09:53 PM
I've been saying all year the Cubs need a 6th outfielder. A crappy overpaid 6th outfielder and it will turn the season around.

07-04-2010, 10:19 PM
ANY move that gets Zambrano out of the the Cubs' organization makes sense. Hendry should have had enough of his crap a long time ago. Trade him. Release him. Just get rid of him.

07-04-2010, 10:20 PM
This is just what the Cubs need. A 33 year-old outfielder whose last decent year was 2007. Nothing but upside for the Cubs here.

07-04-2010, 10:44 PM
Get his *** out of here.

07-05-2010, 01:00 AM
We have no ****ing room for another OFer. Rowand, no, just no. I don't care how bad Z is, or how bad I want him gone. No.

07-05-2010, 04:17 PM
I'd do Soriano for Rowand straight up.