Mark Carman at 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City spoke with Royals GM Dayton Moore who said he would consider taking on current Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano if the deal made sense for his club. “We would have to be interested.”
Zambrano has had some issues with his temper in the past. Back in 2007, he got into a fist fight with Cubs catcher Michael Barrett in the dugout. Last season, he got into a shouting match with teammate Derrek Lee in a game against the White Sox, which sent him to anger management classes.
Then again this season, after serving up multiple home runs in a game at Atlanta, he cleared out his locker after getting ejected and said he was retiring. Zambrano later said he made those comments out of frustration, but the team suspended him the remainder of the season.
Moore went on to say, “This season we would have to explore it because that’s what you should do. You should explore every opportunity. Carlos Zambrano is a heckuva competitor. Carlos Zambrano has had a lot of success in the major leagues. Carlos Zambrano is actually a very pleasant, easy going, classy person off the field. Sometimes, as with all of us the competitiveness takes over and brings out qualities in us that we are not proud of. Obviously the Cubs grew tired of some of his outbursts but I believe in our coaching staff and we’ll always take a chance and a risk on certain players. We’ll see how that particular situation unfolds,” he said.
Despite the wacky attitude, he has tremendous upside when his head is screwed on right. First, he needs a change of scenary. Kansas City would be perfect for him because of the low key media presence and a he would get a fresh start. Second, he’ll only be 31 this June and has a winning percentage of .607 for his career. While he has struggled his last two years with the Cubs because of his emotional issues, he’s also durable. He’s averaged 32 starts over a six year span from 2003-2008. Over that time, the Cubs won three division titles.
If the Cubs pick up a bulk of that money, its a good risk for the Royals to take.