By Brad Spencer
Carlos Zambrano has skipped town! Well, not exactly. The Cubs pitcher (or former Cubs pitcher or soon-to-be former Cubs pitcher) put his house in River Forest on the market last month.
Zambrano was suspended by the Cubs in August after being ejected from a game against Atlanta for throwing at Braves third baseman Chipper Jones and then subsequently cleaning out his locker and announcing his retirement before the game's conclusion. It was one of many flare-ups by the 30-year-old right-hander over his 10-year span with the club. He was immediately put on the disqualified list and did not pitch again this season. His status for next year, the last of a five-year $91 million contract with the organization, remains up in the air.
Zambrano's River Forest home, a 4,000-square-foot dwelling located on the 500 block of Edgewood near the Des Plaines River, went up for sale, listed by Weichert Realtors-Nickel Group on Aug. 8, two days before the incident occurred in Atlanta.
The three-level brick home, currently unoccupied, features five bedrooms, four baths, a loft and an office. A finished lower level includes a large recreation room and possible sixth bedroom.
The listing description boasts that the sunken great room includes a "dramatic wall of windows with a vaulted ceiling" — perfect for the 6-foot-5 Zambrano, also known as Big Z (or perhaps El Toro).
Zambrano, 30, who also owns a 6,700-square-foot house in West Lakeview, purchased the River Forest home in 2006 for $1.199 million. Jessica Rivera of Weichert Realtors-Nickel Group currently has it listed for $969,000.
Zambrano, who is due $18 million next year by the Cubs or possibly another organization, in 2009 paid $34,561.52 in property taxes on the River Forest home.