After the Chicago Cubs acquired Matt Garza today, they instantly held a surplus of starting pitching. Garza joins a rotations that already features the volatile Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Tom Gorzelanny, Randy Wells, and Carlos Silva. As we’ve seen over the last few years, teams can never have TOO much starting pitching. However, after trading away a boatload of prospects away for Garza, the Cubs are going to want some sort of return for one of their current starters. Current Yankee pitching coach Larry Rothschild spent the last eight seasons serving as the Cubs pitching coach, so he is very familiar with all of the Chicago arms. Do the Yankees and Cubs match-up for a potential trade?

Definitely Not Coming To The Bronx in 2011

#1 Carlos Zambrano

Ah, the most mild mannered player in baseball. The brash Zambrano, known for his affable personality and club house chemistry is in the fourth year of five year, $91.5 million contract. Zambrano is owed roughly $36 million over the next two seasons while a vesting option of $19 million sits for 2013 if Zambrano is able to finish within the Top 4 of Cy Young voting.

From 2003-2006, Zambrano was the dominant ace of the Cubs rotation. Over that four year span, Zambrano posted no fewer than 13 wins per season, an ERA of 3.41 or lower, and a K/9 of at least 8.2.

However, Zambrano’s better days are clearly behind him. Over the last two seasons, Zambrano has posted a 20-13 record with a 3.56 ERA. In addition to his on-the-field play, Zambrano was suspended by the Cubs during June 2010 for inappropriate conduct and fighting with his team mates. He wasn’t reinstated until the end of July.

Investing $18 million per season on any pitcher is a big commitment. It’s an even bigger obstacle trading for a guy who can’t even get along with his team mates. If Zambrano can’t handle the Windy City, there’s no chance he could handle the Big Apple. If the Cubs offered to trade him to the Yankees for a bag of baseball, the Yankees would still say No.

#2 Tom Gorzelanny

The 28-year-old lefty is currently arbitration eligible after making only $800,000. Gorzelanny posted a 7-9 record with the Cubs last year as he switched roles between the starting rotation and bullpen. Gorzelanny ERA (4.09) and WHIP (1.50) definitely cause some concern, especially since he pitched in the NL Central. Gorzelanny also walked 4.49 batters per nine innings while opponents posted a .320 BABIP (Yikes).

Gorzelanny would be a cheap option for the Bombers, but he just isn’t that good. I can hear our friends in South Station just laughing about Gorzelanny in pinstripes.

#3 Randy Wells

The 28-year-old righty is entering his third major league season with the Cubs. Last season, Wells went 8-14, posting a 4.26 ERA. Wells had a good rookie season in 2009, posting a 12-10 record, 3.05 ERA, and 5.7 K/9 while finishing sixth in Rookie of the Year voting. Wells kept his walks total down in 2010 (2.9 BB/9) and increased his K/9 to 6.7.

Given Wells’ age (28) and low cost (third-year player), he isn’t a fit for the Yankees.

#4 Carlos Silva

Better known as the walking M*A*S*H product, the 31-year-old Silva has a laundry list of injuries dating back to last season. During three different points of the 2010 season, Silva was shut down with a variety of injuries. In June, Silva dealt with a bad hamstring, forcing him to miss a week of action. In August, Silva missed a month of action due to a heart condition. Finally, at the end of the season, Silva was shut down with a right elbow injury. In the last three seasons alone, Silva has made five lengthy trips to the disabled list. That’s enough to keep the Bombers far, far away.

The Cubs acquired Silva for the maligned Milton Bradley back in 2009. Since acquiring the burly right-hander, Silva has posted an 11-9 record with a 5.25 ERA. Silva is owed $11.5 million in 2011 ($5.5 million paid by Seattle) and has a mutual option for 2012. I don’t think we’ll be seeing Mr. Silva in pinstripes anytime soon.

#5 Ryan Dempster

Clearly, the most interesting option of the Cub pitching. The 33-year-old righty has been very good for the Cubbies over the last three seasons. He has posted a 43-27 record, 3.49 ERA, 8.10 K/9, and a 12.5 WAR over that stretch. Dempster’s walk total was a little high last season (3.59 BB/9), but he has been bankable for 200 innings, reaching that total each of the last three years. Dempster does have a bit of checkered injury past, but he seems to be beyond the elbow problems that plagued him earlier in his career.

Dempster is in the final year of his contract and is owed $13.5 million. He has a $14 million player option with incentives for 2012 built into it.

Dempster has clearly been the ace of the Cub rotation over the last few years. Dempster has spent all eleven Major League seasons pitching in the National League, which always causes some concern when switching leagues. Dempster makes the most sense for the Yankees, but the Cubs will probably be reluctant to move him. A decent prospect package would probably get the Cubs interested, but Cashman has preached patience all off-season long.