Zambrano won’t waive no-trade clause, sources tell Chicago Tribune

Carlos Zambrano

By Jake McCormick

Would you want Carlos Zambrano on your team? That question is worth roughly $19 million a year for the next three years. On one hand, you could be getting a guy that when he’s on, is virtually unstoppable and as intimidating as any pitcher in the Major Leagues. On the other, you could need an extra supply of Gatorade coolers when he lapses into his childish tantrums and might need to create a reality show just to keep his work ethic in line with his massive contract. It’s an interesting question, but one that may be unfounded a day after the story hit its peak.

Any trade involving the Cubs supposed ace would have to be approved by him, and according to the man who initially reported the rumors, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Zambrano has no intention of waiving his no-trade clause. Still, this story won’t be put to rest and questions will still be asked of him and the organization until the start of the 2010 season.

carlos-zambrano-ejected-may-2009Whatever your opinion may be, it’s obvious Carlos Zambrano is to baseball as Kanye West is to music. If the Cubs truly will be shopping Zambrano this winter, they can be assured that the market isn’t exactly Roy Halladay worthy. The situation could very well play out similarly to the new South Sider, Jake Peavy, who waved his no-trade clause only after realizing he wasn’t worth as much now as he was two years ago.

Because of Zambrano’s internal deficiencies, Chicago can only realistically expect an average prospect and No. 3 or No. 4 starter in return. There are a few teams that have the money and resources to pull off a trade for a former ace that has seen his major statistical strengths (strikeouts, ground outs, WHIP) decline since that fateful 2007 contract extension.

From a theoretical perspective, the only teams that would be able to afford Zambrano’s massive salary would be the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers. But at this point, it is all speculation as to what will happen to Big Z and will undoubtedly be the headline of the Cubs’ offseason. But if you were one of these teams, what would Zambrano be worth to you?