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Monday, September 26th, 2016

CUBS SIGN BIG Z

5

From Fox Sports:

The deal finally is done.

Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano has agreed to a five-year, $91.5 million contact extension, FOXSports.com has learned.The deal, which includes a $19.25 million player option for a sixth year, gives Zambrano the highest average salary ever awarded to a pitcher on a multi-year contract.

It also gives him the highest average salary in Cubs history, surpassing left fielder Alfonso Soriano, who signed an eight-year, $136 million, free-agent contract last off-season.

Interesting time to get the deal done. Zambrano is in a mini tailspin and the Cubs are in a fight for the division. Whatever the case, Big Z is a Cub for 5 years.

  • dhaab

    Interesting that you don’t criticize them a bit for this. That’s an awful lot of years for a pitcher who is probably older than 26 and is going on his 5th season in a row with higher ERA from the previous season and well over 200 innings pitched. Me thinks you have your Cub colored glasses on today. :)

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Well I didn’t make any assessment about the deal. They basically signed the best free agent pitcher available. After him there is not much else out there after the season.

  • dhaab

    Still, 5 years for a starting pitcher? You know that’s HUGE risk.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    True, but any pitcher is a huge risk. You seemed to like the Carpenter deal ok…

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