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The Cubs are calling Carlos Zambrano’s bluff

Aug 13, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

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Courtesy of Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, here is Cubs general manager Jim Hendry’s reaction to Carlos Zambrano’s intention to retire.

“We will respect his wishes and honor them and move forward.”

I can only assume this is an edited version of the original statement that may have read something like, “Thanks for taking us off the hook for the remainder of your contract. Party at my house.”

Of course, this is likely just the beginning of yet another ugly episode. If Zambrano really does walk away, he would be giving up the remainder of his $17.875 million salary for this season and his entire $18 million salary in 2012. That works out to somewhere around $24 million total. You can bet that whoever is in his ear is telling him to get his butt to the ballpark today and apologize for cleaning out his locker and walking out on his teammates. But hey, Big Z has always marched to the beat of his own drum, so he might actually be serious about this whole thing.

  1. phillyphever - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Hope the Cubs do get out of that contract. Way to go Zambrano, you did the dumbest thing in your life. Good luck finding a sucker to pay you that kind of money again.

    • kevpatok - Aug 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      I’ll offer my services for the remainder of his contract! I couldn’t be much worse than he was last night. He was throwing batting practice!

  2. granadosm - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    17.8 + 18 = 24? and its march to the beat of his own drum, not drummer. anyway, Z is overpaid and maybe be finally realizes that his production is tanking and wants to save the embarrassment.

    • Ari Collins - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:16 AM

      The REMAINDER of the 17.9 + 18 = 24, or thereabouts.

    • D.J. Short - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM

      Thanks. Since there’s less than two months left in the season, we’re talking about a prorated portion of his $17.8 salary for 2011 plus his 2012 salary. Works out to about 24 million, more or less.

      • Lukehart80 - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:28 AM

        Doesn’t he also have a fairly sizable player option for 2013? If so, he’d be walking away from even more money.

      • bobulated - Aug 13, 2011 at 12:42 PM

        @Luke; his 19.5 million option is contingent on his placing in Cy voting; unless he has the comeback season of the ages next year it’s not likely to vest.

  3. cur68 - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    I’m pretty sick of Zambrano. Guy used to be entertaining in a head-case sort of way but now he’s like a giant spoiled child. Plus he might have injured Larry with his ‘wild pitch’. I hope he stays retired and, if he tries to pull a Costanza, I hope the Cubs do what Costanza’s old boss did; bye-bye loser.

  4. soutsidemike - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Cubs might as well say they won the lottery

  5. jaysfan64 - Aug 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    The drama continues….Mark Grace is now saying the Cubs should have hired Ryne Sandberg instead of Quade…. Wonder how long Sandberg would have put up with Z’s act…..or if all this would have even happened with Ryno in the manager’s office…..

    • kevpatok - Aug 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM

      Quade, looked like an idiot last night as the whole situation went down. He just left his #1 pitcher out there to be shelled. Then he acted confused in the press conference as to what triggered Zambrano. Although Zambrano is a couple of eggs short of a dozen, Quade needs to give off the appearance that he is managing his team.

  6. stairwayto7 - Aug 13, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Typical cub..LOSER!!!!

  7. jamie54 - Aug 13, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Don’t know if they could negotiate a mutual buyout for about $10 Mill. Think they could live with that to make him go away. Total drag on the club.

  8. neilbb4 - Aug 13, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Quade is so far out of his league, he needs to look up to see A-ball. he has allowed most of the team to walk around like zombies for most of the season and left one guy who wants to win hanging out to dry. I don’t condone anybody walking out on their teammates. I can see where a competitor like Zambrano might have had enough, he needed to go about it differently though. The Cubs need to look at the cause more than the reaction.

  9. 1historian - Aug 13, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    You gotta hand it to the cubbies – year-in-year-out they are always finding some new way to screw themselves. How long has it been going on now? More than 100 years since they won it all and they continue to come up with new ways.

    THAT is innovation, and the fans continue to pay for it. THAT is loyalty.

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