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I figured it might be a good idea to have one place where we can put all the rumors/ideas we see. I'll start with this little nugget from the Freep.

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Tigers/Carlos Zambrano could be a perfect match

BY RICK LITTLE /

PHOENIX

This column was submitted by a freep.com reader and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers. Click here to submit your own column.

The Tigers should go get a starting pitcher.

A statement that sounds easy enough. It looks like there are plenty of high quality guys on the trade block, right? But in reality, it will be next to impossible. Now, for those of you paying attention, I said "next" to impossible.

Here's the problem. The Tigers have as barren a farm system -- much like they've had for many, many years. Of course, you won't hear Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski say as much. But after scanning the current rosters and performances of the players at Erie and Toledo, most of those playing well are well beyond prospect years. The truth is 29 and 30 year olds in the minors are no longer prospects they are career minor leaguers.

So is there anyone in the Tigers organization that's having a good year IS a prospect? One that comes to mind is a recent call-up -- as recent as Wednesday -- Robbie Weinhardt.

What could one good relief pitching prospect bring? Well, normally not a decent starter, unless that starter is in the process of burning the very bridge that ties him to his current major league team. That would be the Cubs' talented but oft misunderstood left-hander Carlos Zambrano. Big Z has pretty much blown himself out of Chicago. However, Zambrano could seek refuge in the Tigers clubhouse.

Reviving careers in a forgive-and-forget atmosphere that would help Big Z's comeback. Plus, the Cubs bullpen needs help and a quality young guy like Weinhardt might be just the ticket.

Tigers fans need to root for this kid to have a couple of quality outings for more than one reason.

Other than the fact that he calls Zambrano a left-hander, any thoughts on the merit? Z would obviously cost less than a guy like Haren, which could provide opportunity to upgrade SS as well.

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Good and bad news....Twins might not get Lee. But it looks like he is going to the Dark Side.

Yankees May Be Close To Acquiring Cliff Lee

By Ben Nicholson-Smith [July 9 at 7:43am CST]

The Yankees were 'on the brink' of acquiring Cliff Lee last night in a deal that would include top catching prospect Jesus Montero, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik wants to move quickly and has been in 'constant contact' with Yankees GM Brian Cashman over the course of the last week, according to Sherman. Other clubs remain involved, but the Yankees are the heavy favorite to acquire the lefty.

Sherman hears that the Mariners would get at least three prospects, including Montero and possibly second baseman David Adams. Lee is supposed to face the Yankees tonight, but that could change. If a trade is completed today, Lee will not face the Mariners tonight, or possibly for the entire weekend series (all Twitter links).

Talks are intensifying between the Yankees and Mariners, Jon Heyman of SI.com confirms. Discussions between the Yankees and Mariners appear serious and it's 'quite possible' that a deal will be completed.

Meanwhile ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports that no deal is in place, and the Mariners could double back to continue discussions with the Rays, Twins, Rangers, Reds and others. The Mariners initially had a ‘huge’ asking price for Lee, but lowered their demands yesterday. As Olney points out, a trade for Lee could mean Javier Vazquez’s days in the Bronx are numbered.

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My initial kneejerk response to Vazquez is: underwhelmed. I'm wrong though and he's awesome, right?

no, i think you're right.

He's maddeningly inconsistent, but does eat up the innings. He's not a guy you can count on.

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