Hey, if you don’t ask for something, no one is going to give you anything. But sometimes it’s possible to ask too much.
That seems to be the case with the Cubs who, with an admirable amount of bravery, asked the Yankees to take Carlos Zambrano off their hands recently. They were reportedly offering to kick in lots of money too, but the Yankees weren’t biting. Frankly, I’d think that the Cubs could chip in almost all of his salary and the Yankees would say no.
Zambrano, by the way, is owed $23 million through the end of next year and is currently suffering through his worst season since he broke in for a cup of coffee back in 2001. So you see the central problem here.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.