According to multiple reports, the Cubs have placed Carlos Zambrano on the disqualified list without pay for 30 days. Zambrano cannot have any contact with the team and the Cubs will use the next 30 days to discuss what comes next with the pitcher.
According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Players’ Union will file grievance with the Cubs challenging the decision to place Zambrano on the disqualified list without pay. Jon Heyman brought up the fact that he does not see the Union allowing the Cubs to fine Zambrano around $3 million … which is basically what the Cubs owe him for the remainder of the season.
The Sun-Times is reporting that Jim Hendry took the most stringent action he could short of releasing Carlos Zambrano. From the official press release: During this time, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association will discuss recent statements attributed to Zambrano regarding his baseball future. According to reports, Jim Hendry has not spoken with Carlos Zambrano since the incident on Friday. Zambrano’s agent told Hendry that Zambrano is not in the retirement mode. Hendry called Zambrano’s actions “intolerable” and also apologized to the Braves for spoiling Bobby Cox’s night.
According to a report from CBS Sports, Alfonso Soriano confronted Zambrano after his ejection on Friday night. After the two finished exchanging words, Zambrano packed his stuff and left the clubhouse.
If the 30-day suspension is upheld the likelihood of Zambrano pitching again this season is slim at best. Zambrano would not be able to return until September 12. The Cubs play their final game of the year in San Diego on September 28.
Several outlets are speculating that Carlos Zambrano has thrown his last pitch for the Chicago Cubs. Zambrano is still owed $18 million for the 2012 season … the last guaranteed year of his contract. Zambrano has a vesting option for 2013 worth $19.25 million that according to reports over the last 24 hours has pretty large buyout attached to it.
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