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Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

Posted on: April 21, 2010 4:58 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2010 7:59 pm

NEW YORK -- The Cubs have moved opening day starter Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen.

Zambrano, who last pitched in relief in 2002, becomes the primary setup man in front of closer Carlos Marmol. Ted Lilly returns from the disabled list this weekend to join the Cubs rotation. Zambrano, who made his fourth start of the year Tuesday night against the Mets, will be available in relief beginning Friday night in Milwaukee.

The bullpen has been a major problem for the Cubs, who are off to a 5-9 start and have already fallen four games behind the Cardinals in the National League Central. The Cubs have allowed 16 eighth-inning runs, the most in the major leagues.

"This makes all the sense in the world," said manager Lou Piniella, who called Zambrano into his office this afternoon to tell him of the move.

Actually, it was more to ask Zambrano, because Piniella said he wouldn't have made the move if Zambrano hadn't been willing to do it. Piniella told Zambrano that the move was temporary, designed to give general manager Jim Hendry more time to find an adequate setup man in a trade.

"I said whatever you want me to do, I'm here for the team," Zambrano said. "I don't like to be a reliever, but this team needs someone to step up. I need to help this team. . . . We've already lost three or four games in the eighth inning. I'm not saying I'll be Superman, that I'll be the best setup man in the big leagues. But I think I can be good. I think I can be great."

Zambrano is making $17.875 million this year. He allowed eight runs to the Braves in 1 1/3 innings on opening day, but has pitched well in three starts since. Piniella explained that the move wasn't made because of how Zambrano has done as a starter, but rather because he thinks Zambrano is the best solution to the Cubs' bullpen problems.

Zambrano came to the big leagues as a reliever, but he hasn't pitched out of the bullpen since 2002.

Category: MLB

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 8:38 pm

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

For your information, he has not been the best starter.   Dempster, Lily and even Randy Wells has been better than big Z.  The only difference is that he is the ace due to making over 18 million this year.  Performance places him way down.    He needs to start earning his check. Besides all that, they also need to start hitting.  Ramirez at .146 or so along with a team batting average around .200 will not get it done.  Plus I have yet to watch a game and see a bunt.  No sacrificing, no attempting to take a walk.  They need to get a new coach that will preach sacrifice period.  Just because these guys make all that money does not mean they cannot play fundamental baseball.

Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 8:35 pm

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

This move is purely for motivational purposes.  Big Z will be back in the rotation within 2 weeks.

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 8:24 pm

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

Knobler starts his post with "Zambrano, who last pitched in relief in 2002,".  Then he finishes the post with essentially the same sentence reworded.  C'mon Knobler, you're getting paid to write.  At least make a reasonable attempt at writing like a trained writer.

Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 8:05 pm

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

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Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2010 7:42 pm

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

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Posted on: April 21, 2010 7:25 pm

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

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Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 7:21 pm

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

You take your ace and make him a set-up guy? Piniella is Manuel stupid.

They are loving this in Tampa. Piniella left them high-and-dry after stealing their money and doing nothing, but whine about the team not spending money.  Karma is great, isn't it?

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 7:07 pm

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

As a "huge Cubs fan that lives in downtown Chicago" you may want to check out the Chicago Tribune. It's a newspaper that is in Chicago.
They are reporting this:


They are spewing this nonsense.

Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 6:57 pm

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

Lou did not OK this with my Fantasy baseball team!!! WTF

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 6:45 pm

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

smartest thing pinella has ever done.....might actually get zambrano's head straight

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