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Zambrano: I'm training like a rookie

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Zambrano: I'm training like a rookie

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 MLBTradeRumors.com. "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?

Cubs Talk Podcast: The Yu Darvish 1st Wrigley win and post-ASG hot start podcast

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The Yu Darvish 1st Wrigley win and post-ASG hot start podcast

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss Yu Darvish's 1st win at Wrigley, Cole Hamel's status, and Kris Bryant playing better than he did in his MVP season.

01:00     Darvish picking up 1st win at Wrigley

03:30     Cole Hamels injury update

05:00     Starting rotation after the All-Star break

06:00     Cubs defense looking sharp

07:30     How the Cubs will approach the weekend and the expected heat

09:30     Kris Bryant playing above his MVP level

12:00     How the NL Central stacks up

14:00     Upcoming road trip to San Francisco, Milwaukee and Saint Louis

16:00     Addition to Martin Maldonado

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Cubs Talk Podcast

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: After the ASG, the Cubs are trending up... the Sox, not so much

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: After the ASG, the Cubs are trending up... the Sox, not so much

Ozzie Guillen and Doug Glanville join Leila Rahimi on this edition of Baseball Night in Chicago.

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