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.