6/27 Hendry on Z's contract
What happens next regarding Carlos Zambrano isn’t clear. What is certain is the Cubs still owe the right-hander about $45 million from the five-year, $91.5 million deal they gave him prior to the 2008 season. Zambrano did go 14-6 in 2008. But he won nine games last season and was 3-6 with a 5.66 ERA this season.
“There was nothing wrong with the investment,” GM Jim Hendry said Sunday about the contract. “This guy was an outstanding pitcher in the National League, in the game, for the four, five years before that. There was no question that the deal was a solid one in the industry. He certainly would have been one of the hotter tickets on the street if that thing went to the end of the season.
“This guy pitched a lot of innings, won a lot of games, lived in the shadow of [Kerry Wood] and [Mark] Prior for a couple of years. Really, over the body of work, pitched as well as anybody in the National League for a three, four year period. He certainly pitched well enough to earn that contract whether it’s here or somewhere else.”
Hendry would not comment as to whether the Cubs are trying to deal Zambrano following his outburst Friday.
– Carrie Muskat