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


Gee, why would the Cubs ever want to trade a guy that can’t throw a first pitch strike, walks the leadoff man almost every game, loses his temper like a 9 year old, only this is a 220 lb 9 year old swinging a very heavy baseball bat at defenseless and expensive objects, cries and mad dogs the umpires when he doesn’t get a pitch called his way, is getting paid an obsene ungodly sum of money to perform yet acts like throwing strikes doesn’t really need to be part of his game plan, and is projected to win at least 20 games year in and year out but continually fails in that goal because of inconsistency, then always displays his disdain for the Chicago media and storms out of press conferences?

Yeah, I can’t see why the Cubs would ever want to trade this guy.

Boy, except for the “pitching” we could be talking about Bradley. I don’t mind at all if Zambrano is traded, what I do mind is the person doing the trading…HENDRY. I just don’t trust him to get adequate value in return. Afterall, he’s the one that saw and value in AN EIGHT YEAR FRIGGIN’ DEAL for Soriano…EIGHT YEARS!!! For a BAD left fielder approaching his twilight years, he saw value in a THREE YEAR DEAL FOR BRADLEY…you would have thought he HAD ENOUGH HEAD CASE CRY BABIES IN ZAMBRANO…do we as Cubs fans trust Hendry to pull off such a trade? Or should we hold onto Zambrano and see what Ryno and a new pitching coach can do with him in 2011?? I realize sticking with Zambraon is akin to a wife staying with an abusive husband thinking she can “change” him but the alternative of Hendry getting value may be worse. And I read in today’s paper that Hendry is “assured” of returning next year…we can only hope that he returns as a groundskeeper and NOT as the GM.

I did not mean to offend groundskeepers!!

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