It’s probably just a pipe dream, but could Carlos Zambrano end up playing for good friend Manager Ozzie Guillen with the Marlins in Miami? How great would that be, even if the Cubs had to eat a good chunk (50%) of the $18.5 million owed to him for the 2012 MLB season?!
The Chicago White Sox and Manager Ozzie Guillen “amicably” parted ways on the 3rd to last game of the 2011 season last week in Chicago. Guillen jumped ship with 1 year remaining on his contract to take over the reins of the Florida Marlins in a new 4-year deal. Several players would love to play for Ozzie and it looks like good friend Carlos Zambrano is one of them. Guillen and Zambrano have always been good friends. When Zambrano started a fight with Derek Lee and Aramis Ramirez in the Cubs dugout after 1 disastrous inning of a game against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in 2010, the Cubs asked Zambrano to take a leave from the team and undergo anger management treatment. Later that night after the game, Zambrano wasn’t seen out at a Chicago restaurant with any members of the Cubs organization – instead, he was out to dinner with Ozzie to discuss his state of mind and get some much-needed advice from someone he trusted as a close friend.
Zambrano angered Cubs brass and teammates again this season when he walked out of the clubhouse mid-game in Atlanta during a bad outing. He did not tell anyone that he was leaving and he later threatened retirement. That final outburst forced the Cubs to place Zambrano on the disqualified list where he was not paid for the rest of the season. It is clear that he won’t be back with the Cubs in 2012, but the Cubs need to find someone willing to take on their basket case. The Marlins do need starting pitching, but they will only take someone like Zambrano if the Cubs eat a big chunk of his salary. Ozzie and Zambrano have talked about the move and both men seemed very interested in the opportunity.
Zambrano is 30-years old and he made 24 starts for the Cubs this past season. He went 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA in 145+ innings pitched.
Moving Zambrano somewhere will be a top priority for the Cubs new General Manager…