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Are the Cubs shopping Carlos Zambrano or not?

Dec 30, 2009, 1:57 PM EDT

Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote that “the Cubs are definitely dangling Carlos Zambrano” while Jon Heyman of SI.com dismissed Zambrano rumors as “a time waster” because he has a no-trade clause and plans to remain in Chicago.
So which is it? Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune went to the Cubs’ general manager looking for an answer, but not surprisingly Jim Hendry “declined to discuss” the various (and varying) reports. Here’s all he would say about Zambrano’s status:

He’s got full no-trade rights, which he negotiated into his contract. I fully expect him to come back in 2010 and pitch like the old “Big Z.”

The whole thing is a moot point if Zambrano is unwilling to waive his no-trade clause, which his agent has repeatedly insisted is the case. Of course, if the Cubs truly believed that a trade was impossible then they wouldn’t even listen to calls about Zambrano, yet it seems fairly clear that some level of talks have taken place surrounding the 28-year-old right-hander.

  1. Patrick - Dec 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    What is a top of the rotation pitcher worth anyways? The package of players received for Lee (both times) and Halladay seemed a little light to me. Could the Cubs do any better if they were to trade Zambrano. If not, then they should just hold on to him.

  2. Eat a Peach - Dec 30, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    They’ll take calls, listen, and ask teams with decent offers to reach out to Z’s agent to see whether he’d consider waiving his NTC for them. Pretty typical.

  3. Dollar Bill - Dec 30, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    You’re right Aaron. It’s all a moot point since the Cubs would want top talent for Zambrano as if he were a top of the rotation pitcher, which he is not 60% of the time. What team would meet the Cubs demands for such a pitcher? Wait a minute…. there’s always the Mets.

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