Posted by fivekatz
Wow. I disagree with fivekatz.
I’d send Lackey for Zambrano. Zambrano’s tantrums are massively overblown.
In 2007, Zambrano had his first one. He punched Cubs catcher Michael Barrett in the face during a game. This moment was credited with a turnaround in the Cubs season that sent them to the post-season. And it also seemed to plant the idea in Zambrano’s head that he could incite his team to play better. He only seems to have his fits when the team is struggling and not playing as well as he wants, and in spirit, this is not necessarily a bad thing.
However, it went downhill in 2010, when he tried to same thing going after Derrek Lee. Picking a fight with Michael Barrett was one thing, but Derrek Lee? Not the same. Apparnetly half of the league would have liked to punch Barrett in the face. In 2006, Barrett got into a fight at home plate with AJ Pierzynski, which msde the cover of Baseball Digest. Every year, McDonalds runs a campaign in Chicago featuring White Sox and Cubs players during their interleague series. In 2007, the series featured one player from one team pranking a player from the other. AJ Pierzynski, who is the most public face of the White Sox, was supposed to shoot his with Barrett. He refused, and instead did one with – you guessed it - Carlos Zambrano.
But Zambrano seemed labeled after the Lee incident. This year, he tiraded after being pulled from a game against the Braves. That ultimately lead to his pending dismissal from the Cubs.
Zambrano is certainly not the ace he once was, but he is a better pitcher than Lackey. If the Sox do want to dump Lackey, this is one of their better chances to do it. I wouldn’t touch Zito, who is not much better of a pitcher, cannot stay healthy, and has full no-trade protection and has always expressed a desire to not go to the East Coast. And since Barry thinks of Chicago as the East Coast (he does!), he probably thinks Boston is located in Europe.
Where else would you send Lackey? Another potential match dump is to the Angels for Vernon Wells. Wells could replace JD Drew in RF, and in also in our hearts. The Angels might not want Lackey back, but certainly would move Wells (2 yrs $46mill) to create an opening in the OF for hotshot rookie Mike Trout, who is easily the best Angels OF named after a fish since Tim Salmon.
My bet would be Lackey is in Boston in 2012. Hopefully he can put 2011 behind him.