Carlos Zambrano wants to stay a Cub
CHICAGO -- During an in-game conversation on Saturday, Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano wanted to make it clear to Fox broadcaster Ken Rosenthal that his main objective is to stay with the Cubs and be a good teammate.
Rosenthal reported on Friday that Zambrano told him that he'd like to remain a Cub, but he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the club wanted to move him.
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"I told him that I'm a Cub and I want to stay here," Zambrano told ESPNChicago.com on Saturday. "I didn't want any confusion on where I wanted to be."
Rosenthal passed along Zambrano's sentiments with a tweet during the Cubs' 4-3 loss to the Yankees.
"Just so everyone knows, Big Z was fine," Rosenthal wrote. "Just wanted it known that he wants to stay with Cubs. Which is what he told me yesterday."
Cubs manager Mike Quade was unaware of the conversation between Rosenthal, who was in the camera well next to the Cubs dugout, and Zambrano.
"I didn't even notice," Quade said. "I guess I'll have to talk to (Rosenthal) and tell him not to bother my guys. You can bother me (during a game) but not my guys. Whatever. I was somewhere at the other end (of the dugout) with other stuff on my mind."
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.