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Carlos Zambrano returns

Aug 10, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

If the Cubs have any hope of unloading Carlos Zambrano on anyone, they’re going to have to showcase him as a starter. That showcasing began last night. It wasn’t pretty, but it could have been way uglier.

Zambrano gave up only two runs over five innings, but that was deceiving: only 49 of his 96 pitches were strikes and he walked seven. The Giants were 2 for 14 with men in scoring position and left 15 men on base. If they had an inkling of where to find a timely hit last night this thing could have been seriously ugly.

But the Cubs have no choice: they have to run Zambrano out there every fifth day no matter what happens. If he can put together a handful of at least arguably respectable starts, there’s a chance that someone will take a chance on the guy (even then, I suspect they’d only take a fraction of the contract). If he can’t get anyone out and/or has another meltdown, the guy may very well be out of baseball next season.

  1. Jonny5 - Aug 10, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Did they remove any gatorade dispensers who may have looked at Carlos the wrong way? Did they have a stun gun ready in case he decided to jump all over someones sheeit again? Inquiring minds want to know.

  2. mike wants wins - Aug 10, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Who would trade for him? That’s a lot of money for a guy that isn’t good. Of course, he has veteran presence, so maybe Bill Smith would….

  3. bmoline - Aug 10, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    I would guess it would be like the Bradley for Silva deal last winter. That turned out okay for the Cubs, at least until Silva had his recent heart issue. It would have to be one bad contract for another, and even then the Cubs would likely have to eat some of Zambrano’s money.

  4. doctorfunke - Aug 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Yeah, the Pavano veteran presence has certainly hurt the Twins.

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