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Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Posted on: August 13, 2011 11:34 am
Edited on: August 13, 2011 2:03 pm
Carlos ZambranoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Carlos Zambrano is again threatening retirement, and apparently the Cubs hope he follows through.

"We will respect his wishes and honor them and move forward," general manager Jim Hendry told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

It's a wonder he could get that out with a straight face and without giggling -- Zambrano leaving under his own accord could allow Hendry to have done what he couldn't do himself, get rid of the albatross in his clubhouse and on his payroll.

The Cubs have been in contact with Zambrano's agent, Barry Praver, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. Sullivan reports Zambrano has not yet filed retirement papers, but if the matter isn't resolved by this afternoon, the team will place Zambrano on the restricted list. 

Manager Mike Quade was also unhappy with Zambrano, who cleaned out his locker and talked about retirement after being ejected in the fifth inning of Friday's loss to the Braves for throwing at Chipper Jones.

By the time the media was allowed in the clubhouse, not only was Zambrano and his stuff gone, so too was even the nameplate on his locker.

"He walked out on 24 guys that are battling their ass off for him," Quade told reporters after the game, including Wittenmyer. "I don't know where he's gone or what he's doing. I heard he's talking about retiring. I can't have a guy walking out on 24 guys, that's for damn sure."

Zambrano has one year worth $18 million left on his contract and a no-trade clause.

Last year the Cubs stood by Zambrano (in no small part because of the amount of money left on his contract) after he started a fight in the dugout with Derrek Lee and was sent to anger-management counseling and even welcomed back. This season he'd pitched better, but still grumbled about the team this year, calling it a "Triple-A team," but at least including himself in that rant.

On Friday, though, he may have burned his last bridge. Or, with the thought of giving up more than $20 million left for this season and next, he'll come back and the Cubs will accept him because they have very little choice not to. Either way, it's going to be interesting this afternoon when Cubs players start filing into the clubhouse at Turner Field for the 7:10 p.m. game against the Braves. There will certainly be a few people hoping Zambrano doesn't walk through the door and isn't in the dugout come gametime.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:40 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

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Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:42 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Let him go.  It was a marriage Zambrano never committed to.  The Cubs did by giving the big contract.  But the antics became too much.  I believe he gave Lou Pinella plenty of reason to retire.  Why put up with that crap from a second rate clown?  Its not worth the ulcers, headaches or anxiety he delivers on and off the field.  Now I'm hearing Alfonso Soriano is up for grabs.  I guess the Cubs are doing their spring cleaning in the late summer.  The Cubs couldn't hurt themselves by trying to work something out with the Marlins maybe for say...Logan Morrison.  Morrison likes playing baseball which could be helpful to the rest of the Cubs team and fanbase right about now!

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 11:53 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

 I don't blame the Cub players at all for not backinig this Jacka$$ up trying to hit a future hall of famer just because he was throwing a flat fastball and the Braves weren't missing it.  

I do.  I'm not sure you've ever been involved in an organized sport in your life but if you have then you even know that statement you made is nonesense.  It doesn't matter if off the field you don't even like that particular teammate or even hate the guy, you HAVE TO back him up.   It's what a team is all about.... the Cubs suck, sorry.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 4:13 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

I for one, will really miss Big Z's bat.  He was so valuable to have at that number nine spot.  It's too bad he didn't play for Tony LaRussa so that he could bat in the eight hole!  Enough of the distractions already Big Z......Just do the right thing, retire so that the Cubs don't have to pay you 5 times what you are worth.  Then sit out for a few months and rejoin another team.  You can call Brett Favre to see how it's done!

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:46 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Most of what you've said is true but Z never lived up to expectations.  You don't pay someone that much to never finish higher than fifth in Cy Young voting and be a constant problem season in and season out.

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:34 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Bigego150, Never fulfilled expectations?  For 4 years he was pretty solid with an ERA sub 3.5 and around 15 Ws a season.  Would've had more if he was on a better team.  He also had an 18 W season about 4 years ago.  Was his stay at those numbers long? no, but having 5 or 6 solid years is nothing to be down about.  Unlike many who say they want a fiery guy as a manager or player but then get all upset when they explode I actually liked it when Zambrano threw fits.  It shows he actually cares.  Everyone else just walks around like a zombie and just collect their paychecks.  Now I would be thrilled if Zambrano retired.  18 more million coming off the books on top of the already large sum of about 35-40 mil will be huge.  Fielder should be no problem on signing.  I say sign him and maybe some relief help and a middling SP for a year just because other than Fielder and Pujols this FA market is pretty weak.  Next year even with Zambrano's money off the books a bunch more comes off.  Then they should sign David Wright and maybe an OF.  An infield of Wright Castro Barney and Fielder.  Damn, that's good stuff.  They'll still have plenty of money left over to sign at least one of the several big name pitchers due to be FAs at the end of the 2012 season.  Can't wait.  Of course though the biggest moves they can do this offseason is firing Crane Kenney and Hendry.  IDK if that'll happen though

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:31 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

maybe more anger management is needed? sure helped before.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:29 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Jeez...I don't understand why this organization hasn't won the World Series in how long again? LOL...Stupid Cubbie's! I swear these are the Wasington Redskins of the MLB. Just a repetetive joke year after year. The good thing is that if your fans of the Brewers, Cardinals, Pirates, Astros and Reds you'll always know that atleast you have a better shot than the Cubs. Sure, the Yankee's and Red Sox spend and spend....but atleast they get a return in their talent. Which over-priced player for Cubs should we start with? Ya...Carlos Pena was the answer. Alot of hot air blowing around in the Windy city.

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:26 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Zambrano reminds me of a 5 year old kid who doesn't get his way so he throws these temper tampers. Sounds like the dude was raised to be a spoiled brat and used to getting his way.. things go wrong and he acts like a three year old.

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