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bets on zambrano returning for 2012
Posted 01 December 2011 - 08:29 AM
Personally I think Z will start the season on the cubs in the #3 slot in the rotation.
Posted 01 December 2011 - 09:38 AM
Can you imagine, at this time, without knowing who the new regime may trade for or sign as a free agent, a rotation without both Garza and Big Z? Dempster, Wells, Coleman, Smardzjia.... Scary, for fans of the Cubs, not for the opposition.
My line of thought as well, the only way I could see getting rid of Z is if we could land both CJ Wilson and Mark Buerhle, or something reasonably similar through trade. Not sure we'd have the trade pieces to do that (that we would want to part with).
Nobody knows what this offseason will bring, but with the lack of pitching available this winter I have a hard time seeing them getting rid of Z.
Posted 01 December 2011 - 07:06 PM
Posted 01 December 2011 - 07:38 PM
Posted 01 December 2011 - 08:23 PM
I don't know that folks are forgetting it, so much as believing that Z would approve a trade. He's said he would, and it's understandable why he might want to leave.
Those thinking Zambrano will not be on the Cubs next year seem to be forgetting that he is a 10 and 5 player, meaning the only way the Cubs can trade him is if he approves it. Forget about his salary, if he wants to remain on the Cubs, he remains on the Cubs. The Cubs can not cut him without eating his entire salary, and they can not trade him unless he wants to be traded. The news reports about how the Theocracy have decided to put him on a short leash and make him behave are laughable. The Cubs are holding virtually no cards in dealing with Zambrano.
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