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Questions: Zambrano, Archer, Cashner, Duchscherer



As always, thank you in advance for your wisdom.

1.  There was a lot of talk regarding Zambrano being traded to the Yankees, or at least with their looking at him as a potential target.  With them losing out on Cliff Lee and Matt Garza, and with a very limited rotation presently, it would only make sense that they would look at Zambrano as a potential "ace" for their rotation-- especially with Rothschild as their pitching coach.

Could this be why the Cubs were so willing to part with Rothschild?  They are trying to cut costs, and I doubt they really see Zambrano as the ace they envisioned.  At this point, with so few options left and with the Red Sox having made such huge strides this offseason, the Cubs may be able to ask for quite a lot in return for Zambrano. 

While he is an emotional disaster, he would be pitching for a team that gives him outstanding run support with the same coach who brought him up, in a team structure where nobody would tolerate his BS.  The Yankees have been known to consider players like this with the thought that their structure will "tame" whatever emotional issues present themselves (Gary Sheffield).

Could this also be why the Cubs gave up quite a bit to get Garza, to limit the Yankees' options of tradeable pitchers, and increase their leverage?  Everyone is discussing Gorzelanny as the one who may go, but I have to wonder if it might be Zambrano.  Maybe the Cubs liked the Yankees' young pitching prospects as much as or better than Archer.

2.  Archer's numbers suggest that his control was very poor, even at a low minors type level, and this is with havnig only two pitches.  I am far from an expert in scouting, but could anyone explain how he could be such a high level prospect?  After all, when we acquired him from the Indians, nobody felt that he had potential to be an ace (otherwise I highly doubt the Indians would have traded him... for Mark DeRosa).

3.  Any word on whether Cashner will be in the rotation?  Wouldn't this make the most sense?  I am puzzled as to why there is still talk that he would be in the bullpen.

4.   Are the Cubs still considering a cheap reclamation project a la Justin Ducscherer?  There was a lot of talk of Brandon Webb for a while, and Hendry has repeatedly stated that he was looking for a reclamation.  With the addition of Garza is this still the case?  If so, perhaps there really is interest in moving Zambrano.

Thanks again for your wisdom!

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