Cubs have not heard from Zambrano since Friday

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The Cubs suspended right-hander Carlos Zambrano indefinitely on Friday after he went on a tirade in the dugout, and then stripped him of his rotation spot on Saturday.  Now he’s getting the silent treatment.

According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs have not spoken with Zambrano since he was handed the team-imposed indefinite suspension on Friday evening.

“I think until something gets rectified, I think probably the less
conversation the better,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Sunday.

“He’ll have some issues to deal with [regarding] his teammates,” added GM Jim Hendry.

So it sounds like the club is waiting for an apology from Zambrano, and will continue to play with a 24-man roster until Big Z himself cleans up the mess.  We’ll have to see how that goes, and whether the Cubs can head into a busy upcoming week one man short.  Big Z has posted a 5.66 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP in 22 outings (nine starts) this season.  He has a 4.15 ERA as a reliever and a 6.12 ERA as a starter.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.