The Cubs "have made it clear" to teams that right-hander Carlos Zambrano is available, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports.
Zambrano’s contract and recent performance would seem to be major stumbling blocks in potential trades. The Cubs owe him about $6 million for the rest of this season and $36 million the next two seasons. There also is a $19 million vesting option for 2013. Also, Zambrano has a no-trade clause.
His pitching hasn’t nearly been to that level: He has a 5.66 ERA in 55 2/3 innings this season, and he has spent a good portion of the year in Chicago’s bullpen.
Then there’s the issue of Zambrano’s volatility. He is completing a team suspension for a dugout tirade last month. On Monday, Zambrano apologized for his actions and said he was to blame for the blowup.