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    Carlos Zambrano signs for $12.4 Million for one-year

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    MESA, Ariz. -- Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a $12.4 million, one-year contract Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration by striking the deal just before the scheduled hearing.

    He would also earn bonuses for finishing among the top five in Cy Young Award voting, being named MVP of the World Series and League Championship Series, making the All-Star Game, winning the Gold Glove and the Silver Slugger award.

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    2006 SEASON STATISTICS
    GM W L BB K ERA
    33 16 7 115 210 3.41


    Zambrano earned $6.5 million last season while going 16-7 with a 3.41 ERA and 210 strikeouts. He asked for $15.5 million in arbitration, while the Cubs countered at $11,025,000 -- more than any player has been awarded.

    "I feel good, ready to go," Zambrano said. "I'm ready to lead this team to the championship, to win in this city. The fans deserve us to go to the playoffs and to win for the city of Chicago. I'm here for that."

    The Cubs have not been to the playoffs since 2003, when they were within five outs of reaching the World Series. Their last arbitration hearing was with Mark Grace in 1993.

    "Our track record is in order," general manager Jim Hendry said.

    Barely.

    "There was no other case on the dockets at all like this," Hendry said. "From Day 1, when the filing numbers went in, it was like, 'Wow, this is a tough one.'"

    The sides reached an agreement as they were walking to the room at the Phoenix hotel where the hearing was to be held. Now, they can focus on trying to work out a multiyear contract, which would likely be in the five-year range.

    Zambrano told WGN-TV last week that he would leave as a free agent after the season if the Cubs didn't sign him to a long-term deal by opening day -- but he backed off a few days later. He did, however, reiterate that he won't negotiate during the season and wants to be paid on the level of left-hander Barry Zito, who got a $126 million, seven-year contract with San Francisco this offseason.

    "I don't want to have a distraction during the season," Zambrano said. "But if something can happen after the season, why not?"

    Hendry said, "He's always told me he wants to be here -- first preference and probably second preference. Why would [I], as a general manager, not want him on the ballclub. I don't think we'll be working on it tonight at dinner, but we're happy.

    "I've known him since he was a kid and he's grown into a heck of a man."

    A native of Venezuela, Zambrano signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in July 1997 and made his major league debut in 2001. The two-time All-Star is 64-42 with a 3.29 ERA.

    "This is a good relationship between Jim Hendry and me," Zambrano said. "I think everybody's happy, as well."

    Zambrano said Monday he was "85 to 90 percent" sure a deal would get done before the hearing. Cubs manager Lou Piniella predicted there would be an agreement, too.

    "I don't think the club needs that, and neither does the player," Piniella said Tuesday afternoon.

    Piniella said he attended one hearing -- when he was the New York Yankees' general manager in the late 1980s and third baseman Mike Pagliarulo went to arbitration -- and it was a "rough process." Piniella didn't present any arguments; he just listened. But he did offer a compromise after the hearing.

    "After it was over, I told him, 'We'll split this thing before the awards are made because I think you're not going to be pleased with the outcome,'" Piniella recalled. "He chose not to, and I was right. I felt a little uncomfortable in there, to be honest."

    Hendry said there was "never any animosity" during negotiations and there wasn't going to be any because of the hearing.

    "There wasn't going to be any tearing down of Carlos Zambrano because, first of all, he's our best pitcher," he said. "I've got nothing bad to say to him. All I want him to do is win more games than he won last year. ... The person who was going to present our case had been told by me that was the way it was going to be."

    The Cubs committed nearly $300 million to retain and bring in free agents before reaching an agreement with Zambrano. They re-signed third baseman Aramis Ramirez for $75 million over five years, and signed outfielder Alfonso Soriano to an eight-year, $136 million deal. They also brought in starting pitchers Ted Lilly and Jason Marquis.

    Those moves came after they hired Piniella following a 96-loss season.

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    Re: Carlos Zambrano signs for $12.4 Million for one-year

    He would also earn bonuses for finishing among the top five in Cy Young Award voting, being named MVP of the World Series and League Championship Series, making the All-Star Game, winning the Gold Glove and the Silver Slugger award.

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    Re: Carlos Zambrano signs for $12.4 Million for one-year

    Wouldn't we love to see him in a Red's uniform next year!

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    Re: Carlos Zambrano signs for $12.4 Million for one-year

    I kind of wish he was still talking in the 3rd person.

    "Carlos Zambrano feels good, ready to go," Zambrano said. "Carlos Zambrano is ready to lead this team to the championship, to win in this city. The fans deserve us to go to the playoffs and to win for the city of Chicago. Carlos Zambrano is here for that."

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    Re: Carlos Zambrano signs for $12.4 Million for one-year

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigredfan#1 View Post
    Wouldn't we love to see him in a Red's uniform next year!
    "My mission is to be the ray of hope, the guy who stands out there on that beautiful field and owns up to his mistakes and lets people know it's never completely hopeless, no matter how bad it seems at the time. I have a platform and a message, and now I go to bed at night, sober and happy, praying I can be a good messenger." -Josh Hamilton

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    Re: Carlos Zambrano signs for $12.4 Million for one-year

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigredfan#1 View Post
    Wouldn't we love to see him in a Red's uniform next year!
    Zambrano, Harang, Arroyo, Bailey

    An obvious pipe-dream but holy crap that would be one nasty rotation.

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    Re: Carlos Zambrano signs for $12.4 Million for one-year

    Quote Originally Posted by justincredible View Post
    Zambrano, Harang, Arroyo, Bailey

    An obvious pipe-dream but holy crap that would be one nasty rotation.
    With that rotation you could just about play with only 7 players...that's about what the Reds would have to do in order to afford them
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    Re: Carlos Zambrano signs for $12.4 Million for one-year

    Quote Originally Posted by Triples View Post
    With that rotation you could just about play with only 7 players...that's about what the Reds would have to do in order to afford them
    Deno - Left Center
    Freel - Right Center
    EE - 1B
    Gonzalez - Left Infield
    Phillips - Right Infield
    Ross - Catcher

    We might be able to afford that rotation if this were our defense and we might be able to field that defense if that were our rotation.

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    Re: Carlos Zambrano signs for $12.4 Million for one-year

    Quote Originally Posted by HumnHilghtFreel View Post
    I kind of wish he was still talking in the 3rd person.

    "Carlos Zambrano feels good, ready to go," Zambrano said. "Carlos Zambrano is ready to lead this team to the championship, to win in this city. The fans deserve us to go to the playoffs and to win for the city of Chicago. Carlos Zambrano is here for that."
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