Mercurial starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano's 2011 season ended August 12 when he departed the Cubs' locker room early and told some people he was retiring. The fallout: The Cubs basically suspended him for the season and are now likely ready to part ways with him for pretty much anything in return. But he does have talent, despite a ridiculously high salary (he's due $19 million in 2012), so it shouldn't come as a surprise that some general managers believe he may be worth the risk. Count Royals' GM Dayton Moore as one of them.
"We would have to be interested. We would have to explore it because that's what you should do. You should explore every opportunity. Carlos Zambrano is a heckuva competitor," said Moore (CSNChicago.com). "Carlos Zambrano has had a lot of success in the major leagues. Carlos Zambrano is actually a very pleasant, easy going, classy person off the field. Sometimes, as with all of us the competitiveness takes over and brings out qualities in us that we are not proud of. Obviously the Cubs grew tired of some of his outbursts but I believe in our coaching staff and we'll always take a chance and a risk on certain players. We'll see how that particular situation unfolds."
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Moore also pointed out that Zambrano's contract would be an issue, but the Cubs have made no secret about the fact that they could eat some of the money to rid themselves of Zambrano. We do know the Royals are seeking starting pitching, and probably aren't content with simply trading for Jonathan Sanchez.
Basically, this could be a match, it's just a matter of hammering out a deal. Whether or not it ever comes to fruition remains to be seen.
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