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Zambrano climbing mountains, running on beaches

Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:23 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 1:28 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Carlos Zambrano has long been one of the most mercurial players in the bigs. We've all seen his meltdowns and heard his excuses afterward. This past summer, when he skipped out on his teammates and uttered some words about retirement, he was placed on the restricted list by the Cubs. The thought was that he'd never play for the Cubs again, but that's now looking like a possibility.

Zambrano recently told reporters he is -- for what, the seventh time? -- a new man. From MLBTradeRumors.com:
"I'm preparing like when I was a rookie, climbing mountains, running on the beach, and exercising hard so that I can arrive at Spring Training in optimal shape," he said, as relayed by Joiner Martinez at Líder en Deportes. "I want to stay in Chicago for the two seasons I still have with the team. I'm not a coward who would take the back door out of the majors."
Climbing mountains and running on the beach ... uh, has he been watching the Rocky movies as inspiration? I wonder what name he yells when he gets to the top of the mountain? Maybe Michael Barrett's.

And I'm not quite sure "coward" is the right choice of words there. Only a complete and utter fool would leave the $19 million on the table Zambrano is owed in 2012. The cowardly act would have been to storm out of the locker room and leave his teammates hanging. Oh, wait ...

Zambrano Saga
For stretches, when Zambrano could remain healthy and sane, he produced as a frontline starting pitcher. He's a three-time All-Star who finished exactly fifth three times in NL Cy Young voting. After anger management sessions midseason in 2010, he closed the season in lights-out fashion, going 8-0 with a 1.24 ERA. But then Bad Z showed his face again in 2011 and it looked like the Cubs had seen enough. Then-general manager Jim Hendry basically kicked Zambrano off the team.

The problem, of course, is that Hendry also inked Zambrano to a huge contract -- five years, $91.5 million -- that began before the 2008 season. The second season Zambrano mentioned in the above quote, where he said he wants to stay in Chicago for two seasons? Good luck with that. There's a vesting option for 2013 that is guaranteed if Zambrano finishes in the top four of Cy Young voting this coming season.

It does seem that he'll at least get his chance, though. New Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer are giving every indication Zambrano is allowed back as long as he's on his best behavior. History indicates that won't last very long, but there's no reason to not give him a fresh start for a fresh administration, considering that untradeable contract.

One thing is for sure, the conclusion of Zambrano's time in Chicago is not going to be boring.

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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:27 am
 

Zambrano climbing mountains, running on beaches

They should trade him to Miami where his buddy Ozzy currently works, seems like a match made in heaven!!!


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Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:06 pm
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Zambrano climbing mountains, running on beaches

What a joke the Pig Z is, yeah really workin hard during another off season.  Stop lying and just admit you are fat, dumb & happy with the contract the Cubs are stuck with.  If they get 175IP and 10 wins outta your fat, moody ass they`ll be lucky.  Having a terrible attitude and tendency to fight your own teammates and manger is just not going to cut it.  Once your top fastball falls to 91 or so it`s over and you`ll be looking to catch in with the Royals, Pirates or Astros in 2 years.  It`s not the fat bafoon Hendry upstairs anymore, so I don`t think Theo`s buying "Rocky V" from you Pig Z.  Shut up and prove something on the mound.    



Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Zambrano climbing mountains, running on beaches

I'M A LIFELONG CUB FAN.........CUB FANS AND CUB MANAGEMENT ARE STUCK WITH "ZAMB-O"......WHO WOULD WANT HIM ON THEIR TEAM ???????........BEST OUTCOME IS TO TRADE BAD CONTRACT FOR BAD CONTRACT.......BUT FOR THE CUBS THAT WOULD MEAN ZAMBO PLAYS LF AND SORIANO PITCHES.........CAN 'T WAIT FOR ZAMBO AND SORIANO 'S CONTRACTS TO BE UP SO THE CUBS CAN RESUME MAJOR LEAGUE STATUS.



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Zambrano climbing mountains, running on beaches

He will be on his best behaivor. He's in a contract year. Money talks. If he pitches lights out this year  he gets 2013s salary of 19 mill. He will again be on his Ps and Qs if he isnt traded because he's playing for his free agent market value. Personally, I would keep him and  not eat most of his contract by dealing him unless he was part of deal to send someone of value over to us. Yep, Ol' Z will be Saint Zambrano in the near future. He needs to give back some of lute he's stolen in recent years though. He's made an ass out of himself. If he's dealt I certaintly wouldn't be disappointed however.



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Zambrano climbing mountains, running on beaches

How bout the day after he reports to spring training and figures out he is in the bullpen?!



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Zambrano climbing mountains, running on beaches

I put the over/under at July 16, when he officially becomes Bad-Z again.


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