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He can't be serious ... can he?

If he retires, Carlos Zambrano will be doing the Cubs' bottom line a huge favor

Updated: August 13, 2011, 8:02 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Of all the idiotic things Carlos Zambrano has done in his career, walking out on the nearly $24 million remaining on his contract would definitely top them all.

But no one, not even the Cubs' embarrassment of a pitcher, is foolish enough to do that. Or is he?

According to Cubs manager Mike Quade, who clearly did nothing to cover up for his irrational right-hander, Zambrano told team personnel he was retiring after giving up five home runs and then being ejected ...

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