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No Deal For Zambrano?

Just saw Ken Rosenthal on TV, and he had his usual collection of inside information.

Rosenthal says that contract talks with the Cubs' Carlos Zambrano are "about a week away from being tabled."  All along we've been hearing how he'd likely remain a Cub, even with the impending sale of the team.  Zambrano's only had one good start in four tries this year; perhaps the Cubs want to see that ace again before committing.  It seems silly that such a huge contract could be affected by four starts, but you never know.  If Zambrano reaches the open market, the Cubs will likely be outbid.

Rosenthal also mentioned that instead of extending setup man Scott Linebrink's contract, he might become their best trading chip.  They could look to upgrade at third base or left field, or even try to acquire their center fielder of the future.  Most folks feel that Kevin Towers would find a way to replace him on the cheap.

UPDATE: There is now an accompanying article for these rumors.

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Yeah, normally when your closer is over 40, you want to lock up your stud setup man as early as possible.. but in this case, I think the Padres bullpen is deep enough and KT is skilled enough to make him expendable

The Sledge/Cruz platoon is working well so far though, and its too early to give up on Kouzmanoff, is there a possibility they could package B. Giles with Linebrink for a younger (and cheaper) RF?

im not worried about losing linebrink, but if we are trading for the center fielder of the future, an interesting name would be tony gwynn. he is developing good, and talk about a great pr move.

"im not worried about losing linebrink, but if we are trading for the center fielder of the future, an interesting name would be tony gwynn. he is developing good, and talk about a great pr move."

Mid June, if the brew crew look like they are fighting for a playoff spot and their bullpen is an issue that would be a great trade. It might take a little more than that to pry linebrink away even though I think the pads can add shoddy bullpen pieces at random and make them look good with that park.

No one ever mentions possibly the greatest center fielder currently without a team. Wesley Snipes, Im looking at you.

Why would Zambrano want to stay with the Cubs? That team won't win anytime soon, the FO is a joke. He could go to a WINNING team and have a shot instead of sucking away in Wrigley.

Merloni, because who has a better chance?

Zambrano, Lilly, Hill is decent, Soriano, Lee, A-Ram, Felix Pie

There is potential there to grow and be better.

Who else could afford him? and would want him? No one with decent pitching..

And then there are non-baseball reasons to stay.

There are plenty of teams that would be interested if he hits the market.

every team would be interested if he hit the open market. i would think if he did hit the market the Yanks,BoSox, and the Angels would be the top bidders. possibly throw the Dodgers and Mets in there. roto i was watchin the same thing. Red Sox and Yankees. u prob saw the Cubs though

Merloni, maybe he wants to stay with the cubs because its a great city with diehard fans that care no matter what.Why would he want to go to a team like the yankees that have shitty fans?Its funny how you are so quick to just count the cubs out, its not like anyone is running away with the central already.Its also funny how you want to throw around the WINNING team. Wish I knew who your team is.

yankee or mets fan

sorry, i just think the cubs FO are a bunch of jerk offs. do you really think LILLY will be good all year? you haven't followed the AL in recent years.
i don't care where zambrano goes, but i bet its not chicago. i could see the mets.
"my team"...cleveland, not much better than the cubs.

Zambrano has said he wants to go to an NL team so he can hit.

"sorry, i just think the cubs FO are a bunch of jerk offs. do you really think LILLY will be good all year?"

He had a career 4.54 ERA in the American league. There's no reason to expect him to be much worse then a 3.75 in the NL. So, no, he probably won't be at 2.42 all year, but he'll be pretty good.

"Who else could afford him? and would want him? No one with decent pitching.."

Mets, Yankees, Redsox, Dodgers, Angels, lots of teams can afford him. Even somebody like the braves if they lose Smoltz. You make it sound like he has no other viable options besides staying in Chi town.

"Merloni, maybe he wants to stay with the cubs because its a great city with diehard fans that care no matter what.Why would he want to go to a team like the yankees that have shitty fans?Its funny how you are so quick to just count the cubs out, its not like anyone is running away with the central already.Its also funny how you want to throw around the WINNING team. Wish I knew who your team is."

Ok, maybe cuz he wants to win something? Who says the Yankee fans are shitty? Why are they shitty? Cuz they dont accept losing every year as an annual part of life? Because they understand the game? I live in NY and love the mets, and your right, there are A LOT of bandwagon fans who just think we should win every single game, but most NY fans are VERY knowledgable to the game. This goes for every sport, hockey baseball football basketbal you nameit. NY doesnt have shitty fans man. You have obviously never been to a game in NY. Maybe a NY Liberty game or something but not a real game. Sure, NY fans are probably the most harsh fans in sports, up there with the philadelphians. They also are the most supportive and loudest and die hard fans though. Things are as good in NY when things are good
as they are bad when times get rough. If your key reason why you think Zambrano is gonna stay is because NY has shitty fans then it isnt looking good

I honestly think the Mets would be big players for Zambo if he hit FA. They have a lot of money coming off the books this season and next. The most noticable departure will be Glavine at the end of this season. I think he's going to get his 300 wins and retire. I also think that while Pedro will be back, he won't be as effective as he used to be. Therefore, adding a solid arm to the rotation is going to be a necessity, and who better than Zambo?

If Zambo hits the market and has played well in 2007, which he likely will, there will be several teams going after him and very possibly some crazy off from a team that may not be hitting the radar right now.

"Zambrano has said he wants to go to an NL team so he can hit."

I bet an extra 10 million dollars or so might change his mind.

I think thats less likely than you think. The guy LOVES to hit, he seriously thinks he is a power hitter. Its pretty ridiculous, but it really does mean a lot to him. I don't think that he would go to Sox\Yanks over the Mets for an extra 10 mil over 6 or 7 years. I doubt he cares about 140 to 150 mil all that much when he was ready to sign back with the Cubs for 85.

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