Zambrano's Own Trap Sets His Own Trap

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Well, what do you think about Carlos Zambrano maybe getting traded?
He's got a no-trade clause in his $91.5 million dollar contact which would keep him a Cub through 2012 (there's a vesting option for 2013 too).
But he's apparently going to be shopped by the Cubs, which makes sense only if the Cubs have an idea that Carlos would approve something.
There's a pretty good interview with Steve Stone on the on the Score about this.
"Carlos has told some people that he'd be willing to go. More than one or two people, by the way." he said.
If that's true, and I think it is, then it's kinda Carlos' own trap setting his own trap.
The other news was that Jim Hendry (plus more about Carlos Zambrano being shopped - read the end).
That's a pretty large story there.
It has seemed (to me at least) like Carlos has been sort of ambivalent about being a Cub for awhile now.
That "joke" about loving the White Sox earlier didn't sit so well, you know?
Anyway, changes are gonna come, and we should all be expecting them to.
If Carlos goes somewhere, well then I would hope the Cubs get something serious in return.

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I just think that mediocre pitchers - even guys fresh of TJ surgery - are the most sought-after players. As you say, if we cannot get something truly of value for a number of years - fuck it. Carlos is entertaining and certainly puts butts in seats. I am surprised he has not been marketed more. If he had more success instead of letting his emotions get the better of him, he is such a personality that I could see him marketing numerous national brands. "Red Bull" is a perfect fit, for example. Anyway, he has always been one of my favorites, but something is always holding him back from becoming a true NL Ace, which he has not achieved to this point. I'd rather dump Bradley, or Soriano, if I had the choice - but I don't. FWIW, he has pitched well in the Playoffs for the most part in 2007 and 2008. So Taguchi called up to replace Fuld ...this is what we've been waiting for all season, Hendry's super secret weapon and lucky charm playoffs and WS here we come

Maybe it would be smarter to find a manager and a pitching coach who can actually manage Big Z. and help him achieve the potential that he clearly has. Lou has seemed tired all year, and without leadership, it is no wonder that this frustrating season has brought out the worst in some of his players.

Z's only problem is Z, imo. these are grown adult millionaires, here. Z has issues no one really wants to talk about beyond throwing a ball, too.

Well this is odd... We probably want the Cards beating the Marlins, but it's strangely satisfying to watch them a lose few games...finally! My FairyTale 1000 says the Cubs could be within 4 games if the the Cards/Marlins score holds and the Cubs win out the rest of the week. Bad news is that Carpenter pitches Saturday. I think we miss Wainwright though. The other bad news is that Bobby Scales is playing LF most every game.

I am so with you. The smug Cardinals and their smug followers need a, a lot of losing. On a down note, I should tell you that I just heard the smug Cardinal announcers say that the rotation for the cubs series this weekend is -- Smoltz, Carpenter and, yes, Wainwright.

I don't think we can catch the Cardinals. It would be better if the Cardinals beat all the other wild card contenders that they play (and got swept by the Cubs of course).

I don't think we can either. Still, it is so nice to see Holliday come down to earth.

Let's save the Cardinal losses for the NLCS v. the Cubs.


Carlos and Milton for Nick Swisher and Ian Kennedy Who's with me?

I have stated Milton reminds me of Swish in quite a few ways. We'd get a slower version of MB, with a bit more power? And, of course, less "issues".

Remember last offseason when we could have had Swisher for the prospects we gave up to get Aaron Heilman? Yeah. Fucked that up. Okay, 20/20 hindsight, but I wanted Swisher at the time. I like the buy-low model though and am aware that Hendry doesn't except when getting extra pieces and prospects.

Hendry prefers the "Sell Low" Model,Charlie.

Forgot to add: I think that trade would be simply awful. If Z doesn't get you more than that, keep him. Many may not think he's an "Ace" but he's definitely still a high-quality pitcher with upside. Upside doesn't suddenly disappear just because a player can be considered a veteran.

I would rather take a chance on Milton being more productive than watching Ian Kennedy try and figure out how to walk as many people as he strikes out. if you want a sure fire way to last place. Trade Zambrano.

According to the chart on the right, we are actually paying $875,000 of Marquis's salary this year, so we are paying for him to win 15 games for the wild card leader. Nice.

We also took a $4 million DFA-type reliever off their hands, so it's really $4,875,000. The purpose of messing around with the reliever was so that, nine or ten months later, people would say, "We are actually paying $875,000 of Marquis's salary this year" instead of the real amount. At least Marquis was worth half what the Cubs were paying him. We have several now who aren't.

lol... aw man!

Steve Stone is full of shit. Keep CrayZ we nned our #3pitcher who was never a true ace.

in it doesn't completely suck news, if the marlins hold on here, the Cards cannot clinch even a tie this weekend.

Yeah, keep Zambrano. I am so sick of corporate media artificially stirring up shit about players in order to make it easier to make really stupid decisions for the club (and covering their own ineptitude). Classic case was last year was the Boston media turning on Manny so the Red Sox could trade him (again, they can trade him if they want but it is really stupid to feed the ignorance about "attitude"). If this is a bad year for Carlos, I want him on my team even more.

Final Fla 5 Stl 2 Sanchez GO, BB, Double (DeRosa), then Leo Nunez did a Marmol impersonation Ludwick HBP, Pujols HBP (rbi) finally Holiday 4-6-3 Double Play.

the dance Leo Nunez did after the save...

SI writer, Jon Heyman did this guessing game of free agents and how much they will garner in the off season market. 3 Guesses including Heyman, an agent and a GM: Rich Harden... Agent: $27M/3yrs GM: no guess (if he had said no clue, would it have tipped us off it was Hendry?) Heyman: $20M/2yrs here's the link for the others: Holiday: Agent 147/7, GM 60/4, JHey 80/5 Figgins: Agent 40/4 or 30/3, GM 35-40/4, JHey 50/4

The wins lately have been nice, but people... it ain't happening. I guess they're not mathematically eliminated, so anything can happen, but let's not get go overboard with optimism.

SO let me sum up this comment: A. It ain't happening. B. It could happen. C. Stop being optimistic. Cheers!

So if the Cubs play like they haven't played all year and the Cards or the Rockies fold . . . .

I don't think it's official that Kenney and Hendry are staying till Ricketts says so. He's still just the "guest owner" until it's approved by the league and the court.

It has been widely reported that Ricketts has agreed to an extension with Kenney. Kenney just extended Hendry, so it is extremely unlikely that he would then fire him.

Ricketts just took them both to plan for next season and beyond. And court papers already stated that Kenney will stay with the Cubs in the same capacity.

Considering they have contracts, Ricketts doesn't have to do anything official but keep paying them, which obviously he plans to still do.

ESPN announcers on LAA @ BOS game (sorry, don't know the names): Announcer #1: Cubs have a realistic shot at the wildcard with their recent wins. Announcer #2: No they don't.

Obviously, Announcer #1 has only been glancing at the box scores while Announcer #2 has been watching the games.

I think Announcer #1 and Announcer #2 disagree on whether real shot means within the realm of probability or the realm of possibility.

this bobby scales thing is getting a little weird...

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  • crunch 7 hours 43 min ago (view)

    don't worry, i'm sure even though he was spared from cuts there's some hardship he's being tortured with that he has to unfairly overcome.  #coreystrong #onthecross #yolo #swag #kony2012


  • crunch 7 hours 44 min ago (view)

    there's no way a system like that or something similar to that would work.

    "oh hi." - green bay packers

    *shoves out of way*

    like i said, there's no way that would work.


  • Hagsag 10 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Corey Black still has a job.


  • Charlie 10 hours 48 min ago (view)

    I am ready for MLB owners to give it a f***ing rest. I don't have any outrage to spare on them.

    If they can't afford this crisis, maybe they can surrender franchise rights to the players, grounds crew, concession employees, etc., and MLB teams can be employee owned.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Couldn't have said it better myself, unfortunately.


  • JustSayin' 23 hours 29 min ago (view)

    These players weren't cut/released; laid off is more like it. Fifty-two minor leaguers let go before any real games played, in two waves. The draft will be five rounds this year, not forty.  This is industrial downsizing, anticipating no traditional season this year and capitulation to MLB demands for a much smaller minor league system in 2021.  Next year or 2022 could also see a labor stoppage in the big leagues, over what promises to be a very tough CBA negotiation.  The game will not be what it used to be after this.


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    i don't blame the ownership/font office for doing what they did with bryant.  it was just kinda bad timing that bryant was the client that boras was finally "i'm sick of this" over.  the cubs were warned that boras was going to make a stand and it dragged on so long there has to be some kind of toll on the boras/cubs relationship.


  • bigsky33 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Hi Phil, yes, hoping for an extended AZ Fall League.  Do you think there will be more cuts?  De La Cruz was the only big sureprise to me. I thought he had some upside. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    It'll be more over when Kris leaves. Or whenever the same thing happens to another of his clients.

    He isn't wrong though...


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Presuming there is no traditional minor league season in 2020, expect an expanded Arizona Fall League (with potentially a new "Florida Fall League" as well) for the best prospects and expanded post-season instructs for other minor leaguers (all TBA). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    My understanding is that the other two Cubs minor leaguers who are to be released are the two post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agents who signed 2020 minor league contracts, Brandon Morrow and Jason Kipnis. The Cubs will then supposedly re-sign them to new minor league contracts without the $100K retention bonus and 6/1 opt-out. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Agreed. Not counting the "4-A" guys, Oscar de la Cruz is the one legit MLB prospect on the list.  


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view) la cruz had some decent looking spring outings (though late inning spring work isn't exactly challenging).  the years of injuries insanely slowed his progression.  totally wouldn't mind seeing him return in 2021 if the team would still be on his radar after getting cut at a time like this.


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    that whole "kris bryant thing" is over...but it's never going to be over as long as this ownership group and boras is around.

    boras could have focused this on 29 other teams, especially the more vocal ones because the cubs have been mostly silent.  the cubs aren't the only team out there paying off "creatively financed" loans, either.

    he chose the cubs.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Not looking forward to seeing that list. Hate to see it when a guy you've invested any sort of energy in is given up on.


  • Cubster 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Chi Tribune today. Boras picks, and focused on the Ricketts. 

    Headline writer, fun job: Agent won’t let Cubs get away Scott-free Matt York/AP and Paul Sullivan.

    Boras told his players “the game can not be played without you” and asked them to share the concept with teammates and opposing players when “MLB requests further concessions or deferral of salaries” during negotiations.