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The Cubs say Carlos Zambrano will not rejoin the team this season

Sep 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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The Cubs have announced that Carlos Zambrano won’t rejoin the team for the rest of the season They will, however, start paying him again on September 11th, which is when his time on the restricted list is up.  His grievance remains unresolved.

So that’s this year. Whether he’ll ever rejoin the team is unclear.  Given that they seem content to pay him not to be there now, I can’t see why they wouldn’t feel the same way next year.  Ultimately, though, this decision should be left to whoever they hire as the new general manager. And may have a lot to do with whether the new general manager decides to replace Mike Quade.

If it’s me I say goodbye to Big Z.  If you’re the new Cubs GM you gotta clean the slate. This is doubly true if you’re bringing in a new manager.

  1. yournuts - Sep 2, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    The big Z, I love his fire! I hope he lands somewhere that can people can appreciate what they have and not look at the meltdowns that he had. He wants to win and is outspoken. I’d rather have that than some ballplayer always saying the right thing. Whereever he lands will get a great pitcher.

    • tacklemeelmo - Sep 2, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      Only if he can figure out how to pitch again, and I’m not buying that he will. Too much money makes this high-risk low-reward. Although it makes for great television.

    • Alex K - Sep 2, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      He’s not a great pitcher, anymore. He was great 5-6 years ago, but now he’s average at best. He’s not worth the headache. I really hope they just DFA him.

  2. Old Gator - Sep 2, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    They’re going to start paying him again on….9/11???? Tell me this was actually somebody’s idea. I don’t believe in synchronicity.

    • nolanwiffle - Sep 2, 2011 at 12:55 PM

      Since it costs a lot to win, and even more to lose…..Don’t you let that deal go dowm.

      • Old Gator - Sep 2, 2011 at 1:10 PM

        The relevant line is:

        Since you poured the wine for me
        And tightened up my shoes
        I hate to leave you sittin, there
        Composin’ lonesome blues….

        But the basic premise holds: Jerry lives!

        Now what did I do with that feather….?

  3. thepriceiswrongbitch - Sep 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Straight up head case! At least I got to see him TRY to drill Chipper on his way out of baseball… lol

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