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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: May 26, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:56 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Carlos is very self-critical, but I DON'T think he should've walked out, on the club. He has emotional swings, depending on his pitching performance. He's probably too self-critical, but he should KNOW his value, to the Cubs' pitching staff. ... Hope he can recover his senses, and return to try to justify the price, that dollar signs (to some minds) can mean, in terms of effective pitching. Some of us fans hardly care about the dollar signs; we, simply, want the MLB players to do their BEST, no matter the price or cost. ... Opinions only.

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:56 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Zambrano is nothing but a big waste of space and a bigger POS.  The Cubs need to get rid of him now.  And MLB needs to suspend him for about 5 years so when the suspension is over he will be too old to come back and will be of no use to anyone.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:43 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Carlos Zambrano quit pure and simple one thing he is absolutely right about the Chicago Cubs they are a AAA club ant the same can be said about Mike Quade. Throwing at Chipper's head was going to get him ejected the Braves got lucky fragile Chipper did not get hurt. He stomped out of the club house let him go. Wake up Hendry when the players start bailing out on you your in trouble. Earth to Hendry.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:40 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

I hope comes back...( for 20 MILLION?? he'll be back)it looks good on the idiot GM in Chicago that threw this money at him in the first place, He's played for the Cubs for HOW MANY years? and they didn't know what a jerk he was? Looks good on them, It sounds like a signing the Mets would've doneTongue out

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:39 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

As much as a nut Zambrano is, he's got a point on this one.  Anyone notice how the Braves' players all cleared the dugout, only to find no Cubs?  Let me say up front, I am a White Sox fan, but as a Chicago fan it is really time for Cubs fans to speak with their wallets.  If fans keep filling up Wrigley, ownership will never have the incentive to put a winning team on the field.  This team doesn't care, and it really is a Triple A caliber team.  I can't even dislike the Cubs anymore because their situation is just sad and embarassing.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:39 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

The Cubs GM is to blame for letting this go on.  Look at what the Redskins did with Haynsworth (ie: Zambrano)...they sat his behind and made it near impossable so that he would WANT to leave.  They forced his hand after a miriad of problems inside AND outside the locker room.  The Redskins, for all the mistakes they have made, did it right.  One man (child?) is not better than the whole team.  The next move is for the Cubs to start over and get rid of the bad contracts by playing the kids and sitting the big money players.  Force them will work.  All is fair in love and war.

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:34 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Of course the GM want Zambrano to retire....if he flat out releases him he will clear waivers and the Cubs will be on the hook for the rest of his contract while he sits at home or signs on somewhere else.The Cubs need to fire that Gm and find one that can put a team on the field that is competative....this was once a proud organization and now has no direction. I mean u pass over Sandberg and hire a nobody who got lucky last year and won a few games, u have huge contracts and the players isnt playing up to them and a farm system which is shaky and just a hand full of talent to deal with. And Cubs fan wonder why they havent won a WS in over a 100yrs

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:32 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Zambrano is a baby, but he was right.  The cubs are a AAA team with a AAA manager.  Eventually the fans need to boycott games to show their disgust for the product being placed on the field.  I have.  The players have quit on each other a couple times this year.  Busting their butt in August is laughable. 

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:31 pm

Cubs Terrible GM to call bluff

Another awesome long term signing Hendry! Zambrano, Soriano, M Bradley, Silva, Fukudome - the list is long and getting longer. How the hell do you still have a job! You are a bigger joke than Zambrano's "retirement."

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:25 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

"This guy makes John Rocker look like the Pope."  Funny stuff, dude. 

I agree.  L O S E R.  

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