Zambrano Out for the Remainder of the Season

According to multiple reports, Carlos Zambrano will not pitch for the Chicago Cubs for the remainder of this season. The team announced Friday that they would pay Zambrano for the rest of the season beginning on September 12 when he was eligible to return from the disqualified list.

The team said there was not efficient time to get Zambrano ready to pitch again this year. Zambrano will reportedly receive $1.7 million from the club over the last two-plus weeks of the season.

Whether Carlos Zambrano will ever pitch again for the Chicago Cubs again is unknown at this point, but the feeling is that Zambrano has thrown his last pitch in a Cubs uniform.

According to the Tribune, the Cubs would like to negotiate a settlement to end the relationship and possibly save a little money on the $18 million Zambrano is owed for 2012.

The Tribune also reported that “Zambrano’s grievance against the Cubs still has not been heard and apparently won’t be until after the season ends.”

According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs will try to trade Zambrano over the winter … and the weak free agent market could make Zambrano tradeable.

Stay Tuned ..

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  • J Daniel

    What a waste!

  • GaryLeeT

    I am OK with this deal, as long as I can see Mario Lopez pitch every 5th day.

    • Ripsnorter1

      ChiChi Lopez.

  • paulcatanese

    That money should pay for a lot of anger management classes with enough left over for lunch….. Bye

    • roseyc

      It could feed a third world country

  • Andrew

    I must be the only Cub fan that doesn’t want Big Z to leave.  He is who he is.   Why do we expect him to be mature when he obviously is not.    Ty Cobb was a wacko and he played full time.   Big Z is immature and spoiled and why pay him 18 million to play for someone else?   Why not keep him?  He would be one of the best 5th pitchers on the staff and for only 1 more year.   I would rather watch Big Z pitch than Casey Coleman, Ramon Ortiz, and some of the other bums we have been subjected to this year.    Keep him 1 more year and expect him to be a big baby and don’t act surprised………don’t waste a decent pitcher for setting a bad example.

    • Kelkel53

      i concur

    • Ripsnorter1

      Do you want Castro to get a broken jaw? How about Marmol? Do you want him knifed? The Z is as unstable as nitroglycerin. He blows up with any little shaking. He is very capable of hurting others. 

      Sure, we get your point about Z being better than Coleman, Doug Davis, et al. But put yourself in a player’s position. Do you want to come to work everyday wondering if you are going to get into a fist fight or gun fight with a total wacko who works with you? Most people do not…. 

      Cut his hide. And don’t be so stupid to hand out big contracts to anybody.

      • The Maven

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t the only players Z has gone after are Michael Barrett and Derrick Lee, both of whom deserved to have their a** kicked? Z’s main explosions have been toward the umpires.

        • Ripsnorter1

          HE went after Marmol, but Marmol was gone from the locker room.

          Do you think Castro–asleep while eating super at SS–might also be the next subject of Z’s wrath? It would be deserved, wouldn’t it?  But it would not be right……

    • GaryLeeT

      I’ll take a clean house, and a little more losing, verses having to look at the co-poster child, for all that is wrong with this team for another year. Let the healing begin.

  • Ripsnorter1

    What a matchup we have coming today vs. the Pirates!!!

    Coleman is 2-7 on the year. The Cubs have lost his last five starts.
    Ohlendorf has 1 win–count’em! ONE WIN–in his last 29 starts!!!!   He’s a stud!!!!

    Question: who do you think he beat?????RIGHT!! THE CUBS!

    This game today is going to be the GAME OF THE CENTURY! LOL

    Frankly, I think Pittsburgh wins. 

  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    Does this suspension mean he will not pitch in the playoffs as well?

    • Ripsnorter1

      This reply is from Zambrano……

      “One more crack outta you and I’ll beat you senseless!”

  • Tony_Hall

    Speaking of pitching – good article on the FA pitching market.  This is why it so important to develop your own pitching, and to lock up the pitchers to buy out their arb years, and even early FA years, to delay as long as possible, that FA contract.

    It is an ESPN Insider article so here is a little bit.

    “If you want to waste a lot of money in a hurry, sign a high-profile free-agent starting pitcher. This is one of the great truths of baseball. Whether it’s A.J. Burnett, John Lackey or Barry Zito, it’s not hard to look around baseball and find a team whose big mound investment has turned into a frustrating drain on the payroll. And those are the ones who have been lucky enough to stay healthy. Adding in the pitchers whose arms gave out not long after receiving a big paycheck in free agency would make for a depressing list indeed.”

    “Because of the rules governing how long it takes to reach free agency — and the wise trend by smart franchises to lock up their young aces before they ever reach the market — the available pool of free-agent starting pitchers is usually dominated by guys who are headed straight toward the downside of their careers. By the time a pitcher has satisfied the six-year service time minimum and been granted the rights to free agency, he’s already put a lot of mileage on his arm, and in most circumstances, his best days are behind him.”

    It then goes on to talk about CJ Wilson, being a good value, since he was a reliever for so much of his 6 years of service time, and has less “mileage” on his arm.  

    I still doubt CJ hits the FA market, that Texas will lock him up.

  • U.P. North

    Cut him now!!  The new GM doesnt need to be involved in this mess!!