NEW YORK (AP) -- Cubs manager Lou Piniella has decided to move ace right-hander Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen.
Piniella talked to Zambrano about switching to an eighth-inning role before Chicago faced the New York Mets on Wednesday night. He says Zambrano was ready to do whatever was best for the team and the change "makes all the sense in the world."
Ted Lilly will be inserted into the rotation when he comes off the disabled list, probably this weekend.
Zambrano agreed to a $91.5 million, five-year contract extension in August 2007 that includes a 2013 option that could make the deal worth $110.75 million over six seasons. He says he doesn't like the idea of being a reliever but wants to help the team win.
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