No, the title of the post is not Zambrano is A closer. The fact is, according to the Chicago Tribune, who talked to Carlos about his current negotiations on a new deal to stay with the club past this year, he said
The Chicago Tribune reports that manager Lou Piniella "virtually named" Angel Guzman the Cubs’ long reliever to begin the season.
Guzman had been competing for the fifth-starter job that appears set to go to Wade Miller. "Quite frankly, that’s the way you should bring up a young pitcher," Piniella said. "Put him in long relief and let him get some experience there. He can be protected, but at the same time he’ll get his work and watch other major-league pitchers the way they go about their pitches."
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“Yeah, probably, We talked to them, we’re talking. We’ll just see what happens. I always say that because I want to put in my mind positive things. I always say I’m going to sign. We want to get it done” However, the next sentence makes things a little scarier.
The Tribune says “It turns out, according to insiders, the two sides have barely talked, although they could begin bargaining in earnest soon.”
If you ask me, I can’t tell you who to believe. I really want to believe Carlos, because I really want to see a deal go down. I believe he is really serious when he says that he will leave if a deal is not done by opening day. I don’t think it was a flippant statement like some believe. Playing with this stuff is like playing with fire. If you hold your hand close enough, you’re going to get burned. It happened with Greg Maddux and that caused the Cubs and their fans a huge amount of heartache. Let’s not let this happen again please.
On a side note, I want to draw your attention to the VFTB official prize pool. I have a lot of good books in there, but I can’t think of some good contests to run in order to give some of those books away. If you can think of some good contests, leave us a comment and let us know. I like to pass along good books, I just need a reason to.