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Theo Epstein wants to meet with Carlos Zambrano

Oct 26, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

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Not so long ago it seemed certain that Carlos Zambrano would never pitch for the Cubs again, but new team president Theo Epstein said during a television interview today that he wants to meet with the veteran right-hander.

I need to get to the bottom of that. I think the best organizations get the most out of their players, even the ones that might be harder to get the most out of it. But the best organizations also know when it’s time to move on. He’s got talent. Obviously, things haven’t gone the way he would have liked or the organization would have liked the last few years.

Epstein may simply be trying to keep some leverage in future trade talks by leaving a little doubt about Zambrano’s chances of staying in Chicago, but it’s also possible that with a new team president, general manager, and perhaps eventually manager the Cubs’ stance on Zambrano could change.

Zambrano is owed $19 million next season in the final year of his contract and has the ability to block any trade.

  1. comeonnowguys - Oct 26, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    He’s just going to fit all the front office rooms with Gatorade machines and wanted to find out how much they cost.

  2. anythingbutyanks - Oct 26, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Ep just wants to see for himself how crazy Z is now.

    • thinman61 - Oct 26, 2011 at 4:51 PM

      Ep? Is that his new nickname in Chicago? Boston fans always just called him Theo.

  3. Max Power - Oct 26, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    A guy that won two World Series with Manny Ramirez may be uniquely qualified to bring around Carlos Zambrano.

  4. Old Gator - Oct 26, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    I want to wish Theo all the luck in the world in “bringing around” Krazy Karlos. Flatter him. Sign him to an extension. Buy him a diamond studded “.342” amulet at a local Gypsy pawn shop. Wean him off lycopene. He is a critical part of the Cubs maintaining continuity with their history and tradition. Do whatever is necessary to keep him in Chicago.

  5. nudeman - Oct 26, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    I’ll be very disappointed if he doesn’t get rid of him

    Anything Zambrano promises in the way of a new attitude, dedication, changing his behavior, etc is essentially meaningless. We’ve heard it all before, multiple times. Too bad; a tremendous talent with a 5 cent emotional makeup.

    Best Theo can probably do is get someone else’s troublemaker in return, then pay 50% of Z’s salary. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

  6. cptnew1 - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    I’m struck with this image of Zambrano being wheeled into the office like Hannibal Lecter.

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