Sunday, June 27, 2010

The latest on Big Z..... Other Notes....

Here are the latest links on Big Z-

- Ken Rosenthal explains why trading Big Z might not be as tough as a lot of people think. Especially if the Cubs are willing to eat a lot of the 45 million left on his deal.

- Jim Hendry stands by his investment of Carlos Zambrano and says they should know the length of the suspension in the next couple of days. It seems to me that Jim maybe digging his own grave with comments like that.

- Buster Olney has his take about Big Z.

- Gordan Wittenmyer says the Cubs should cut ties with Zambrano and trade him, even if they have to eat almost all of his contract.

- This is interesting from my mailbox today. Someone said that it maybe a possibility that Zambrano "retires" at the end of the season or "sooner" which would remove the remaining 45 million off the books for the Cubs. We have all heard Z talk about retirement here. If this is in fact true I am thinking Zambrano may get back in the good graces with the Cubs as an organization and fan base.

- The Red Sox could be calling the Cubs soon. Rumor has it that they are interested in 2nd baseman Ryan Theriot among others to replace the injured Dustin Pedroia.

- Jeff Stevens was optioned to AAA and the Cubs called up Brian Schlitter. In another "prospect watch" move the Cubs promoted Brett Jackson to AA.

Until Next Time...


Nick I Cub Fan said...

Cubs promoted alot of minor league players today.
Just wishful thinking but here goes.
Ramirez to LA for Sands 22yr old 1B
.341 BA 21HR's A and AA. With Jansen RHRP 22yr old 1.49 ERA A and AA.
Lee to Angels for Napoli 1B and Kohn 24yr old RHRP 2.14 ERA AA and AAA also Thompson 25yr old RHRP 0.63 ERA AAA.
Zambrano and lots of cash for Davis 24yr old 3B .347 BA AAA and Kirkman LHSP 23yr old 3.09 ERA AAA.
Fukudome, Theriot for Gregerson and Castro RHSP 2.69 ERA AA.
This gets rid of ZEE, LEE, RAM, FUKU, and THE RIOT. And cubs get 3 relief pitchers Gregerson joins cubs right away. 2 starting pitchers 1 3B man 2 1B men all are top prospects. The next 3 weeks will be busy, hope some of the players mentioned could catch fire.
Or there maybe no trades for cubs.

Anonymous said...

Why would Zambrano retire right now? He's owed $45MM over the next two and a half years and the only thing he has to do to collect is to NOT retire. No way he walks away.

Anonymous said...

At first I found you Z retirement comment ridiculous, even though Z was quoted one time as saying he would retire sooner than most people thought, but after seeing the article today about Z going on the restricted list and going to doctors for mental help, it could be a possibility now. Word is him and his agent were ok with this entire set up (although he did say the right words after he was sent to the bullpen only for us to find out a week later he was not happy), so who knows. If doctors say he should take a break, maybe he will retire and then consider a comeback later. - Joe