Reactions from around Chicago and baseball are pouring in…
- Bruce Miles thinks Zambrano has thrown his last pitch as a member of the Cubs.
- Phil Rogers agrees that Zambrano is done. He thinks the Cubs will place Zambrano on the restricted list today (during which the Cubs don’t have to pay Z), and then will try to work out some kind of arrangement. The union will undoubtedly get involved at that point, and then all bets are off.
- Rick Sutcliffe says that things have reached the point where the Cubs and Zambrano need to get together to figure out a way to end the relationship.
- Melissa Isaacson makes the obvious point that Zambrano retiring would be a dream come true for the Cubs, who last month would have gladly given Zambrano to any team who would take on his salary for nothing.
- Gordon Wittenmyer cites and anonymous Cubs’ veteran who said this represents a “wonderful opportunity for the organization to get better.” Ouch. But, well, yeah.
- Keep in mind, “negotiating a buyout,” as everyone seems to be suggesting, is not that simple. A couple years ago, the Dodgers tried to do just that with Andruw Jones. After some serious blowback from the Players’ Association, the Dodgers and Jones agreed instead to a restructured contract that would pay him all the money he was owed over a long period of time. It simply isn’t easy to get a player to walk away from cash.