Cubs close to a deal with Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano agreed to extend his "opening day contract signing" in order to hammer the details of a reported five-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.

Earlier, Zambrano said that he wanted to sign before opening day or he’ll file for free agency at the end of the season. The Cubs signed him to a one year contract for this season in February.

Zambrano who is 64-42 with a 3.29 ERA has expressed a desire to stick with the Cubs. He’ll be the opening day starter for the Cubs for the third year in a row.

The Cubs start their season today at 2:20 (EST) in Cincinnati. They open at home Monday, April 9 with Houston.


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