Carlos Zambrano-less era starts much like the Kosuke Fukudome-less era.
Archive for August, 2011
Cubs have locked up first, second, and 41st rounders, according to various reports.
Effectively suspended for 30 days without pay. The union is expected to file a grievance. UPDATE: Cubs might try to argue that Z in fact retired.
As of this afternoon, Zambrano has not officially “retired,” and Cubs’ GM Jim Hendry is in talks with Zambrano’s agent.
Bruce Miles and Phil Rogers believe Zambrano’s days as a Cub are over, Rick Sutcliffe says both sides need to move on, and an anonymous player is calling this a great opportunity.
A mini-recap of events, Mike Quade is incredibly angry, Aramis Ramirez thinks it was extreme, Marlon Byrd says Zambrano may be gone, Geovany Soto was “shocked,” and Zambrano’s agent is mum.
Cubs’ GM said almost immediately after Zambrano’s threat that the Cubs intend to “respect his wishes and honor them and move forward.”
Cleans out his locker after being ejected, and tells the team trainer he’s retiring.
Oh yeah. Good baseball teams are good at baseball.
Mike Quade says he’s not going to hand the right field job to Tyler Colvin, despite GM Jim Hendry’s wishes. Might Hendry trade Reed Johnson to force Quade’s hand?
Gretzky is now officially signed, but uncertainty continues to surround the Cubs’ other overslot picks.
The Barney supporters won’t like this one. Andrew Cashner says he’ll be back in September, Mike Quade puzzles over Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs are spending big on the draft, Dave Bush is gone, Abner Abreu is raking, and a Cubs prospect is suspended.
The Cubs are now 9-2 since July 31.
Darvish may become available this Winter, but will come with a heavy posting fee a la Daisuke Matsuzaka.
It sounds like top prospect Brett Jackson may not be called up in September, but, upon reflection, that’s probably the right decision.
Tony Zych, Tayler Scott and John Andreoli are on board, but Shawon Dunston, Jr. and Ricky Jacquez may not be. I corresponded a bit with the latter two.
Ron Santo’s beautiful statue has been unveiled, Jeff Samardzija still wants to start, the Cubs are homer fiends, Aramis Ramirez is coming down to earth, and Chris Rusin is a prospect name to know.
The Cubs win one for Ronnie.