Carlos Zambrano is always good for a quote or two.

During the Venezeulan Winter League's annual home run derby Monday night (yes, Zambrano took part), the Cubs right-hander spoke to the media on his offseason plan.

"I'm preparing like when I was a rookie, climbing mountains, running on the beach, and exercising hard so that I can arrive at Spring Training in optimal shape," he said, according to a link on "I want to stay in Chicago for the two seasons I still have with the team. I'm not a coward who would take the back door out of the majors."

That's all well and good, but the question still remains on whether the Cubs would truly ever be able to trust him again and invite him back. I think that matters a bit more than if Zambrano himself would like to honor his contract.

Oh, and by the way, Zambrano hit two home runs in the derby, tying Rockies star Carlos Gonzalez.

Maybe there's room for the switch-hitter at first base or in the outfield next season?