9/15 Big Z's extreme day
On Tuesday, there was a report in a Chicago newspaper, citing unnamed sources, that said the Cubs planned on shopping Carlos Zambrano this offseason. Big Z has a no-trade clause in his five-year, $91.5 million contract, so the team would need his approval.
Asked post-game Tuesday about the rumors, Zambrano snapped.
“Why — are you guys the general manager now?” Zambrano said.
A reporter asked if he had seen the story.
“I don’t care,” Zambrano said. “If the Cubs want to trade me, it’s because they don’t like me anymore. I have to move on. What else can I do? Just move on.”
The same reporter pressed on. Does that mean he would waive his no-trade clause?
“No, I don’t want to,” Zambrano said. “What kind of question is that? That’s enough.”
And with that, he exited the interview room.
It was definitely not the same person who was singing in the clubhouse before his start against the Brewers. Zambrano did not get a decision in the Cubs’ 13-7 win. He blew a 4-0 lead, giving up five runs with two outs in the fifth. Geovany Soto hit a solo homer in the Chicago fifth to tie the game and get Zambrano off the hook.
This year, Big Z has been on the disabled list twice and served a six-game suspension for inappropriate behavior. He is one strikeout shy of tying Greg Maddux for fifth on the Cubs’ all-time list, but it’s been a strange year.
“It’s been tough, but not frustrating,” Zambrano said of his season. “I’m trying to help this team, and trying to do the best to win every time I go to the mound. Just have fun. I go out there to have fun and try to help this team any way I can.”
– Carrie Muskat