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Lee Deal Could Help Cubs

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The New York Yankees’ swing and whiff at Cliff Lee could be one of the best developments of the winter for the Cubs if it means the Yankees make an aggressive push for Carlos Zambrano.

That’s assuming Zambrano can be persuaded to waive his full no-trade rights to reunite with Larry Rothschild, the only big-league pitching coach he has had.

A lot of dominoes must fall in line for anything to happen. A source said the Yankees, for instance, didn’t discuss Zambrano during their organizational meetings this offseason, unlike last year when they looked at him as a possible buy-low, high-ceiling, change-of-scenery proposition.

But with Lee, the top free-agent pitcher on the market,...

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