Dollars to donuts that he’s killed three anger management counselors in a blind rage. Paul Sullivan:
Carlos Zambrano won’t return to the Cubs in the Phillies series
that begins the second half of the season Thursday. The Cubs insist they
don’t know when Zambrano, who’s on the restricted list, will be back,
or when he can begin his rehab, or even if he’s done with his anger
management therapy. “We’re still in limbo,” Piniella said.
I’m sure the Cubs don’t mind. Given how he pitched before his blowup he’s worth more to the Cubs as a roster-space-freeing body on the restricted list than he is as a pitcher. I mean, sure, I suppose they’d like him to not be crazy and stuff anymore, but people are better served by not allowing themselves to disappear into fantasy land.
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.
Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.