Theo Epstein wants to meet with Carlos Zambrano

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Not so long ago it seemed certain that Carlos Zambrano would never pitch for the Cubs again, but new team president Theo Epstein said during a television interview today that he wants to meet with the veteran right-hander.

I need to get to the bottom of that. I think the best organizations get the most out of their players, even the ones that might be harder to get the most out of it. But the best organizations also know when it’s time to move on. He’s got talent. Obviously, things haven’t gone the way he would have liked or the organization would have liked the last few years.

Epstein may simply be trying to keep some leverage in future trade talks by leaving a little doubt about Zambrano’s chances of staying in Chicago, but it’s also possible that with a new team president, general manager, and perhaps eventually manager the Cubs’ stance on Zambrano could change.

Zambrano is owed $19 million next season in the final year of his contract and has the ability to block any trade.