Big Z would have vetoed trade
MESA, Ariz. _ Carlos Zambrano says this morning he's at 260 pounds, down about 12-15 from last year. He adds that he's got 5 more to go. What's helping is a special diet, with prepared meals being delivered to him down here.
Anyway, we spent about 15 minutes with Big Z this morning. I asked him about the trade rumors that dogged him this off-season, even though he has a no-trade clause. He said that GM Jim Hendry never called him about it and that he would have vetoed the idea anyway.
"I want to finish here," he said. "I want to finish my career here. I would say no (to a trade)."
He added the trade talk was all "speculation by the media." He looked at a couple people when he said that, but not at me.
Z also revealed that he's scrapped the cutter and will concentrate on the sinker, slider and "high fastball." The sinker is his best pitch, as it comes in heavy, like a cannonball. He also said most of his mistakes last year came on the cutter.
Elsewhere this morning:
--Tyler Colvin is among the position players here. He said in September his plan for the off-season was "to eat." He's up 25 pounds, and it looks like good weight.
--Xavier Nady, Mike Fontenot, Brett Jackson and Bobby Scales were among the position players I saw in the clubhouse today.
--Closer Carlos Marmol said he was working in the Dominican on control of his slider and fastball. He had 65 walks and 12 hit batters last season (after hitting five in spring training). He'll need to get that WHIP down from the feverish 1.46 of last year.
More to come on Big Z online today and in the paper tomorrow. Heading outside to shoot some more photos. Maybe we can post a couple here and on our photo gallery on the main page.