10/30 Big Z set for Venezuela

Carlos Zambrano has reportedly signed a contract to pitch for Caribes in the Venezuelan Winter League. Caribes GM Sam Moscatel told the Chicago Tribune that Zambrano signed a contract on Saturday, and was scheduled to start Nov. 6 against Magallanes.

“When he signed the contract, I told him, ‘Carlos, it’s a privilege for us that you are part of our team,” Moscatel told the Chicago Tribune. “We hope he plays here for the next eight or nine years.”

Whether he pitches again for the Cubs is still to be determined. Zambrano is under contract for 2012 with the team and owed $18 million next year. He has not pitched in a game since Aug. 12 in Atlanta, when he served up five homers, then was ejected after throwing inside to Chipper Jones. He was then placed on the restricted list for 30 days.

Zambrano, 30, was to throw a 30-pitch simulated game on Tuesday.

“Our stadium is going to be sold out, for sure, in his first start here [on Nov. 11],” Moscatel said. “It’s big news, in all the papers today. This is very exciting.”

— Carrie Muskat

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