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Epstein: Zambrano can earn his way back to Cubs

Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:19 am
Carlos ZambranoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Carlos Zambrano's Cubs career may not be over quite yet -- new president Theo Epstein told reporters he met with Zambrano and didn't close the door on a return to Wrigley Field for the volatile right-hander.

"We told him we would give him the right to earn his way back to being a Cub, that nothing would be given to him," Epstein told reporters (via the Chicago Tribune) on Monday after meeting with Zambrano, agent Barry Praver and Cubs farm director Oneri Fleita.

"He could earn his way back through very hard work this winter, through rebuilding relationship man-to-man with all his teammates and through other steps we discussed," Epstein said. 

Zambrano was suspended by the team after he left during a game in Atlanta on Aug. 12 following an ejection for throwing at Chipper Jones. Epstein described Zambrano as "contrite" in their meeting.

"He expressed a strong desire to be a Cub and an even stronger desire to have a real good 2012 season," Epstein said (via the Chicago Sun-Times). "He's in great shape, working real hard."

Zambrano also encountered controversy in 2010 when he started a fight in the dugout during a game. The 30-year-old is in the final year of a five-year, $91.5 million contract. He went 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA last season and is 125-81 with a 3.60 ERA in his 11 seasons with the Cubs. He is currently playing winter ball in his native Venezuela.

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Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:23 pm

Epstein: Zambrano can earn his way back to Cubs

Zambrano's arm is seductive, but Epstien and his merry men should have turned their backs and looked in another direction. This will look like a great move - until it isn't.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:02 pm

Epstein: Zambrano can earn his way back to Cubs

This is really good news.....I love that Epstein is ignoring the things that happened in the dark days of the Hendry regime.  Start over with Zambrano and lets see if he can do the job. 

I have no problem with all his previous temper tantrums. I dont blame him. He played with a legion of uninterested, poor performing, lazy ass players. He worked for an organization with a management philosophy of acceptable mediocrity and unending excuses. Any decent player worth having around would be raising hell about the crap he played with and for.


Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:47 pm

Epstein: Zambrano can earn his way back to Cubs

$91 million dollar arm but oatmeal for a brain.  He's still young at 30, has always been a workhorse, with unlimited talent and potential.  It's going to take a lot of work on the mental side for him.  Physically he has the tools.

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:18 pm

Epstein: Zambrano can earn his way back to Cubs

Zambrano and Milton Bradley should start a Fight Club.  Match-ups to include Manny Ramirez & Brett Myers VS. The Wives.

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:01 pm

Epstein: Zambrano can earn his way back to Cubs

He'll start by washing Epstein's car, then mowing Dempster's front lawn.  Soto has a couple sheepdogs that need walking and he'll have to clean up some poopies in the yard.  He'll do Starlin's laundry for a month and then take Soriano's mom to get groceries.  I think that's a good way to earn his way back in to the team, eh?

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:18 pm

Epstein: Zambrano can earn his way back to Cubs

Blatantly obvious the cubs should focus on ramirez?  Well it looks like A-ram is out reguardless because he wants a 4 year deal or a 3 year deal with an option for a 4th.  He is using a good year to try to get his money and go to a playoff team.  Worry about your own teams as all you bandwagon missouri fans should do.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:15 pm

Epstein: Zambrano can earn his way back to Cubs

Maybe Theo will move the Big Z to closer and have his catchy theme song be Saturday Night`s Alright for Fightin.  Can`t get his big fat contract off the books soon enough.  Good luck with that Theo.

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:18 am

Epstein: Zambrano can earn his way back to Cubs

I am not a fan of Zambrono coming back at all, but I also know that he's not going to be wanted by other teams for the price he is owed.  I would much rather the Cubs try to get some use out of him if they can, rather than pay him to play for another team.  The Cubs need pitching, they need to save money where they can so why not try to kill two birds with 1 stone?  Like I said, I'm not a fan of Zambrano every putting on a Cubs uniform again, but I do feel that it may be the best option (if he puts in the work).

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:16 am
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Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:29 am

Epstein: Zambrano can earn his way back to Cubs

This would be a very, very serious mistake if Epstein lets Zambrano pitch with the Cubs again. A leopard never changes its spots, and Zambrano will always be Zambrano.

This is what Cub fans said last year after his anger management; give Z another chance. And he pitched well and behaved himself for what, 2 whole months? Then he went back to being himself, wanting to pinch hit in blowout games, breaking bats over his thigh, throwing bean balls at hitters because he has a bad game, walking out on his team, etc.

This is supposed to be a new era for the Cubs, and if it truly is, then Epstein has to release Zambrano. It is obvious he can’t trade Zambrano, because no other team is stupid enough to take him.

Yeah Zambrano can pitch lights out, but why take that chance? The Cubs need to rebuild, so why give this jerk another chance? Zambrano can win 20 games but what does that give the Cubs for their future? And it is much more likely that Zambrano will go back to being Zambrano, like he has done a million times before.

No, this would be a HUGE mistake for Epstein if he gives Zambrano another chance. Way too risky. He will be looked upon more favorably in Cub fans eyes if he eats the contract and lets Zambrano go do something else.

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