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Carlos Zambrano met with Theo Epstein, expects to stay with Cubs

Dec 6, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

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Under the previous Cubs regime Carlos Zambrano was considered a goner, but after meeting recently with new team president Theo Epstein the mercurial right-hander now expects to remain in Chicago.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune spoke to an unnamed friend of Zambrano who said “he likes Theo and is looking forward to proving himself next year.”

He’s also apparently happy that pitching coach Mark Riggins has been replaced and Zambrano is expected to resume pitching in the Venezuelan winter league later this week, although if he looks good enough there to draw some interest from other teams it certainly wouldn’t be surprising if Epstein pulled the trigger on a deal.

Zambrano is owed $18 million in the final season of a five-year, $91.5 million contract, but does have the ability to block any trade.

  1. mojosmagic - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Who would want the guy at that price. Theo will get him to be a good little boy on this his contract year .

  2. tone360 - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    I still love “El Loco Caballo” (Crazy Horse). I made that nickname up. I think we can get him focused and back to being dominant.

    • blueintown - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:41 PM

      If they could get him back to being focused and dominant, they should have done it four years ago. Congratulations on making up a nickname.

  3. baseballisboring - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Sunk cost, just dump him.

    • skids003 - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:20 PM

      Yeah, this just sounds like they are building him up so they can dump him on somebody.

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