Cubs Make Carlos Zambrano Available

The Cubs have made it clear to other teams that Carlos Zambrano is available, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (via Twitter). If you thought Roy Oswalt and Dan Haren had a lot remaining on their contracts, take a look at what the Cubs owe Big Z: he'll earn $6.8MM this year, $17.9MM next year, $18MM in 2012 and, possibly, a $19.25MM vesting option in 2013.

Zambrano will make at least $42.7MM more before his contract expires, and he hasn't been pitching like an ace. As usual, the big right-hander is getting lots of strikeouts (8.6 K/9) and allowing lots of walks (4.0 BB/9), but his ERA is 5.66 in 2010. Zambrano is now working his way through anger issues and back to the majors. He recently apologized for the dugout tirade that landed him on the restricted list.

Given teams' reluctance to take on payroll, the Cubs would have to absorb part of the contract in any deal. It seems far more likely that the team will hold onto Zambrano for now, since he makes so much money and has not impressed at the major league level this season.


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62 Comments on "Cubs Make Carlos Zambrano Available"


TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 1 month ago

Like the kid napper said in the movie – Taken “Good Luck”

5 years 1 month ago

I hear what you’re saying and I agree. But given that said kidnapper ended up electrocuted via knitting needles in his thighs by the guy he was dismissive toward, it may not be the best example.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 1 month ago

lol you never know

homerthehomie
5 years 1 month ago

dude….. spoiler alert? lmao

studio179
5 years 1 month ago

“Like the kid napper said in the movie – Taken “Good Luck”

Z has aquired a special set of skills. If you dive for ground balls for him, that’s where it ends. If you do not dive for ground balls…he WILL find you…he WILL yell at you…

Infield Fly
5 years 1 month ago

While the guy’s got stuff, he’s got even more problems. Still, he may be worth a shot – if he comes with unlimited Gatorade machine replacements.

nansteez1984
5 years 1 month ago

maybe ned can team him up w/ vicente padilla in LA and have the cubs throw in some passes to a shooting range.

The_Silver_Stacker
5 years 1 month ago

yikes while at it, they should trade for milton bradley

Rock M
5 years 1 month ago

Giants should trade Rowand for Zambrano.Perfect deal.Cubs eat a little of the salary and it a win win for both teams

Bob George
5 years 1 month ago

It’s not a win-win for the Cubs, they have nowhere to put Rowand, and SF already has 5 better SP.

5 years 1 month ago

in la la land maybe

icedrake523
5 years 1 month ago

Speaking of La-La-Land, the Dodgers could probably use him.

5 years 1 month ago

in la la land maybe

Bob George
5 years 1 month ago

The Cubs are currently angry that Z apologized before they were ready for him to apologize. I’m a Cubs fan and this is a horribly run team. Hendry should have been fired ages ago.

5 years 1 month ago

phenomenal simile

MrBoomBoom
5 years 1 month ago

that was a waste of money from the get-go….the kid’s a effin’ whack-job, ticking time bomb. Anybody who believes he’s changed his ways is drug addicted.

5 years 1 month ago

whitesox trade hudson/flowers to the nats for dunn

whitesox trade a bag of balls to cubs for zambrano….

baseball52
5 years 1 month ago

Cubs win that deal.

Travis_Lee
5 years 1 month ago

Even if he was pitching well, teams would be reluctant to take on that salary. With his poor performance and anger issues, I don’t think anybody can see Zman moving any time soon.

sportsdanny1979
5 years 1 month ago

This should not come as a shock…Why wouldn’t they make him available?

bjsguess
5 years 1 month ago

The question has never been “if” the Cubs would have to eat any money but “how much” of that contract will remain on their balance sheet. This is true regardless of how well Big-Z pitched this year. Injuries, disciplinary actions, a NTC, and an outrageous contract make him one of the worst deals in baseball.

** Thanks for catching my type daze

daze
5 years 1 month ago

if the question is “who much”, then it doesn’t make much sense.

LowcountryJoe
5 years 1 month ago

>>and an outrageous contract make him one of the worst deals in baseball.<<

It's the worst contract so far. Wait a few more years and we'll see what the Yankees have on their hands.

http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/2005/01/new-york-yankees_111398168678860040.html

A-Rod making $20M in 2017? A.J. Burnett making $16.5M each year until the end of the 2013 season [this one looks bad already]. And what if C.C. and Tex begin declining during their contracts?

sportsdanny1979
5 years 1 month ago

Hey Mary L-
As a Cubs fan…If the Soxs want him…they can HAVE HIM

oremlk
5 years 1 month ago

Good luck with that!

JohnOrpheus
5 years 1 month ago

Cards trade Allen Craig or Jon Jay, etc. and Cubs pay about 75% of Zambrano’s salary. Get it done Mo. I think Big Z would rebound nicely in St. Louis, and apparently he is good friends with Albert.

5 years 1 month ago

Isnt he buddies with Yadi too?

johnsilver
5 years 1 month ago

Yeah, i like that. Zambrano can teach Dave Duncan a thing or 2 in St. Louis. You think he could also get LaRussa to show some emotion in the dugout as well on occasion?

chaifetz10
5 years 1 month ago

I’d rather hang on to the young guys (especially Jay). Now if it was Aaron Miles for Zambrano and 75%…..now your talking.

Tim Valencia
5 years 1 month ago

just cus a 45 year old bald fat alcoholic unemployed virgin finally declares he is available doesnt mean anyone is gonna want him. But at least they are trying

start_wearing_purple
5 years 1 month ago

You forgot that he’s living in his parents basement, next to the washer and dryer.

Tim Valencia
5 years 1 month ago

his bed is the washer and dryer

HighHeat
5 years 1 month ago

I’m a Tigers fan and they need pitching, yet I’d pass on him.

bulldurham08
5 years 1 month ago

lol, 42.7M left on his contract hahahhahahha

roberty
5 years 1 month ago

Cubs make Zambrano available…. This article is really stating the obvious. Of course Hendry wants to get rid of Zambrano. He makes a ton of money and he can’t even keep a spot in a crappy rotation like the Cubs. Do they mean they’re willing to eat his entire contract in exchange for a bag of balls? If that’s the case there might be a little interest.

Hendry could possibly swap Zambrano for an equally bad contract, but I think the only team carying contracts that bad is….the Chicago Cubs. Maybe he could trade Zambrano for Fukudome and Soriano. I hear their GM is an idiot.

5 years 1 month ago

Lets not forget Oliver Perez now…although I guess your right, Ollie’s isnt 42 mill hahahah ughh I feel bad for cubs fans.

icedrake523
5 years 1 month ago

I’d give up Oliver Perez for him in a heartbeat. Zambrano at least has talent.

roberty
5 years 1 month ago

As a Braves fan, I would LOVE to see Zambrano on the Met’s. He would look great in that uniform.

icedrake523
5 years 1 month ago

As a Met fan, I’m looking forward to seeing Billy Wagner fall apart in August and September as he always does 😛

johnsilver
5 years 1 month ago

Wagner was pretty outstanding in setup role for Boston last September. Maybe with Saito as a backup closer, they can rotate back and forth if he has trouble and he’s not the only guy in Atlanta like last year in Boston when they had a combo of Papelbon,Bard and Saito with him carrying the load.

icedrake523
5 years 1 month ago

Wagner pitched in only 17 games last year. He was horrible in the 2006 playoffs. He was awful in the 2nd half of 2007 and was plagued with back problems the last few weeks. He only pitched in 7 games in the 2nd half of 2008 before he blew out his arm.

5 years 1 month ago

His talent is being an a hole. I would not want either one on my team.

5 years 1 month ago

For some reason the image of Zambrano working behind the counter in a New York City McDonalds, flippin out at customers comes to my mind.

start_wearing_purple
5 years 1 month ago

What’s the internet equivalent of a tumbleweed?

jeffdg
5 years 1 month ago

Vernon Wells?

roberty
5 years 1 month ago

Good point. Vernon Wells is owed about $100 million over the next 4 years…..Mind boggling. The Cubs could have the most expensive outfield in baseball history!!! $60.1 million in 2011 for Soriano, Fukudome and Vernon Wells. I kind of hope it happens.

baseball52
5 years 1 month ago

So we can sit the good players, Colvin, Byrd, and Jackson?