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Cubs will monitor Carlos Zambrano’s starts in Venezuela

Nov 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Theo Epstein said yesterday that the Cubs are very much in favor of Carlos Zambrano pitching in the Venezuelan winter league and Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that they’ll “have a scout monitoring” his first start Sunday.

Zambrano, who’ll be managed in Venezuela by Julio Franco, is scheduled to make a total of nine appearances for Los Caribes de Anzoategui after sitting out the final six weeks of the season while suspended by the Cubs.

“He probably needs the innings and it could be good for his state of mind to get out there and perform,” Epstein told Sullivan.

Epstein has yet to talk to Zambrano, but revealed that he had an “enlightening” conversation with the right-hander’s agent recently and is seemingly much more open to Zambrano sticking around than previous management was. Zambrano is owed $18 million next season in the final year of a $91.5 million deal.

  1. Alex K - Nov 4, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    I actually don’t have strong feelings about Zambrano pitching for the Cubs next year. He’s overpaid, but it’s not my money. He’s not really good anymore, but there are worse pitchers, too. Also, it’s not like the Cubs are going to be in the mix to win anything.

    Really I won’t care one way or the other if they bring him back, trade him, or DFA him. They’ll have to pay at least part of the money no matter what.

  2. foreverchipper10 - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    THE Julio Franco?!?

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