Jayson Stark has an Indecent Proposal for you. Let's set the stage:
You hate Carlos Lee. I mean, he makes you so freaking angry that you can't stand it. You would kiss Ed Wade's beanbag if it meant moving Carlos Lee somewhere else.
But would you take Carlos Zambrano in return? That's what Stark says could happen, as the Cubs probably won't just release him - they'll want something in return (think Carlos Silva-for-Milton Bradley).
Amazingly, and this proves that Wade isn't the worst GM in baseball, Zambrano is more expensive than Carlos Lee in 2012.
If this happens - and it's doubtful that it would (remember, Jim Crane wants to pay the players $2.13/hour + tips in 2012) - I vote for routine public humiliation of Zambrano every 5th day.
Later on, Stark checks in on the Pence PTBNL: Domingo Santana:
"This guy has a chance to be Vlad Guerrero," one scout said. "He's still crude right now. But he has the highest ceiling imaginable. You put him in there with the other guys they got, and this has a chance to be like the [Bartolo] Colon deal was for Cleveland." To refresh your memory, the Indians got back Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee and Brandon Phillips -- whoever they are -- when they shipped Colon to Montreal in 2002.