Carlos Zambrano's temper has gotten him in trouble again. He ripped his teammates after Sunday's loss, calling their play “embarrassing.”
He's not wrong. In fact, he's never been more right. But he's way out of line. Zambrano's mouth is hurting the Cubs right now, more than his arm is helping. The Cubs need to trade their ace...NOW...if they can.
Carlos Zambrano's value will never be higher than it is right now.
Big Z is pitching like the guy the Cubs awarded a record setting contract to nearly four years ago. A sub 4.00 ERA and a 5-2 record.
And that arm is going to waste playing for a team that's struggling to win 40% of their games.
He's going to make nearly $19 million this season. Next season too. It's going to make him difficult to trade, as is his temperament.
But the Cubs HAVE to try.
Zambrano's downside outweighs the positives for a young struggling club.
Why not invest in the future?
Zambrano is a fiery guy. One of the most competitive in the majors. You can't tell me he wouldn't welcome the chance to join the Yankees or Red Sox, and waive his no-trade clause for a chance to play for a World Series ring. Because he's not going to get that in Chicago.
Carlos has been the most consistent Cub on the roster for a decade. He's never played anywhere else.
But his best contribution to this club could be more than 121 wins and nearly 1500 strikeouts. It could be the players the Cubs get in return, if they do this right.