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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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Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

This is a blessing, this makes the terrible season worth it. O.K. whos next? Please Zambrano stay gone. Quade so what if walked out on 24 guys let him go. I understand your point, but let it go. He's been the curse despite his numbers.




Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Hey gopfree,

Are you his wife or agent?



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

(Sgned) Mrs. C Zambrano



Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Talk about a guy that never fulfilled expectations and had a tantrum about once a month!

Good riddance



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha 
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Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

BYE!



Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Hard to imagine those two teams could even been compete with TW and BC in their lineups. Bitter much? BTW, Wakefield has been on the Sox for about 16 yrs so its not like the just signed him.



Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Christmas in August on the North side



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Same old

The Chicago National League Base Ball Club, Inc.: stealing the headlines without actually accomplishing anything since 1909



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

The Yankees or Red Sox will just turn around & give him close to that money once again...I mean when Tim Wakefield & Bartolo Colon are in your starting 5, your willing to sign just about anyone.
Wrong.  There's no chance in hell Zambrano ever steps foot on a mound wearing a Yankee uniform. 


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