Zambrano Close To Deal With Cubs

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano are putting the finishing touches on a five-year, $80MM deal.  Zambrano’s 2007 contract would be erased by it, making him a Cub through 2011.

It’s not quite the San Diego discount, but the Cubs have been signing some below-market deals lately.  I guess there’s something about Wrigley Field and Cubs fans.

Surprisingly, PECOTA would only give Zambrano about $52MM over the next five seasons.  I wondered if the trends in Zambrano’s peripherals didn’t sit well with our favorite personified projection system, but it’s actually a workload concern.  BP’s system sees 2007 as the last 200 inning season of his career, noticing shades of Mark Gubicza

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