Cubs GM Jim Hendry says that Carlos Zambrano will remain with the club next season, writes Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Even though the hurler said earlier this year that he would waive his no-trade clause, Hendry says that he never anticipated dealing him.
"I've never assumed that he really wanted to go," the GM said Sunday. "He earned the contract that he got. I've always assumed that he will be pitching for the Cubs. I'm glad he's righted the ship and had a really good end."
Even if Zambrano doesn't change zip codes in 2011, several Cubs could as the club may look to trim payroll. Hendry has yet to meet with owner Tom Ricketts about 2011's budget but the GM says that he expects it to be lower than this year. The Cubs owned the highest payroll in the National League this season.
Tightening the belt could mean that the Cubs won't be able to land a major free agent such as Adam Dunn, which Zambrano suggested that they do earlier today. Hendry refused to comment on Big Z's suggestion, citing tampering rules.