Saturday, April 24, 2010

Carlos Zambrano: $91.5 Reliever

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has moved former ace starter Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen. Zambrano agreed to a $91.5 million five year contract extension in 2007. He also reluctantly agreed to the relief assignment as long as it would help the struggling Cubs win. It seems as if every year the Cubs are struggling and need all kinds of help. I thought the Chicago franchise of the National League did a smart thing when they finally got rid of their overpriced and outdated cheerleader Sammy Sosa. Now, they would be just as wise to free themselves of the vastly overrated and volatile Zambrano. They would have to eat and absorb many of those contract dollars, but in the long run it would be worth it to deal Zambrano to another club. However, in their arrangement with the hard throwing right hander, the Cubs are just like a family in an upside down house mortgage; he's locked in for a heck of a lot more than he's worth. Nevertheless, the Cubs should begin testing the market with some pitching starved teams. But they better be willing to sweeten the pot. A whole lot!

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