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Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:09 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 8:49 pm

By Matt Snyder

The Cubs have agreed to trade volatile and highly-paid starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins, with an announcement coming as soon as Thursday, insider Jon Heyman has learned. The preliminary deal is that the Cubs would pick up the overwhelming majority of the $18 million Zambrano is owed for 2012 and that starting pitcher Chris Volstad is headed to the Cubs. Multiple reports indicate the Cubs will pay $15 million to the Marlins.

New Cubs president Theo Epstein has been publicly saying he'd give Zambrano one last chance in Chicago throughout the entire offseason. In fact, earlier Wednesday on a Chicago radio show, Epstein said that he was "skeptical" but would give Zambrano a chance to prove he's changed. It's not too surprising that he would be putting off that vibe publicly while privately trying to rid his club of a past cancer, though.

For stretches, when Zambrano could remain healthy and well-behaved, he produced as a frontline starting pitcher. He's a three-time All-Star who finished exactly fifth three times in NL Cy Young voting. After anger management sessions midseason in 2010, he closed the season in lights-out fashion, going 8-0 with a 1.24 ERA. But then Zambrano walked out on his team last August after getting ejected from a game in Atlanta. Then-general manager Jim Hendry basically kicked Zambrano off the team, sending him away and placing him on the restricted list.

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Considering this and the fact that Zambrano is owed such a lofty salary next season, it's easy to see why Epstein wasn't so quick to cut ties with Zambrano for nothing. But it's possible Zambrano's long-time friendship with new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen made the deal easier to consummate.

Guillen was specifically asked about Zambrano during the Winter Meetings and said the two exchange text messages everyday.

"Every time I talk to Zambrano," Guillen said, "all of a sudden people think I'm talking about contracts or moving him to the Marlins. That's tampering."

He then joked: "We do that on the side, not around people."

So while Guillen hasn't publicly courted Zambrano, it's obvious the two are great friends and would love to work with each other. Thus, the no-trade clause shouldn't be much of an issue.

The Marlins already have a top two in the rotation in Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle. With Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco around, they could feasibly slot Zambrano as the fifth starter in an attempt to alleviate any pressure he'd put on himself.

Volstad, 25, was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA and 1.43 WHIP last season. He was once a fairly-highly touted prospect but hasn't made a great transition to the majors, aside from a solid rookie campaign (6-4, 2.88 ERA, 1.33 WHIP in 2008).

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Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:05 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Salaricap, you are right. Z will dominate with his 89 mph fastball. Nice to see that you are forgetting how horrid Zambrano was last year. Any chance you are related to Z or ride the short bus?

Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:05 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Well spoken bcrow.  But I will disagree about Z needing a miracle to come back.  He will be in the best shape of his career and a happy camper with his Buddy Oz. 

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:57 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

as a diehard cubs fan i find it a relief to finally seeing him leave, although he has produced in the past, he is in the back half of his carreer to say the least. The money that we inevitabally had to give up to get rid oh him does hit hard, but hopefully volstad can pull his season together. change is what was needed for the cubs to start this long turnaround , but theo has done it once with the redsox and i believe he can do it here.. #INTHEOIBELIEVE

Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:53 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Yea.  So were Eck, Sutter, Smith, Maddux, on their downsides, and of course Moyer never had enough stuff to hang in the bigs but lasted 24 years into his 40's with a 260-201 record including a ring. I also saw Z go 8-0 off suspension with a 1.54 era in 2010. In that huge ball park in Miami those home runs Z gave up in Chicago will be long fly outs.  Wait and see. Wait and see.

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:52 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

This is a good trade for the following reasons.  
1. Zambrano had to waive his no trade clause which he likely wouldn't do unless he went with Ozzie 
2. You need someone to take those innings and Volstad is tested MLB pitcher with promise at a minimum he will be in the roation
3. Volstad is under the organization's control and could be packaged in another trade
4. He's not crazy Zambrano who can single handedly destroy a team
5. Cubs save $3,0000. Marlins still aren't gonna win
Heat-Eagles-Marlins I see similarities in personel  

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:48 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Ozzie Guillen and Carlos Zambrano in the same dugout. 

All season long.

No if's. Just a matter of whenLaughing

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:46 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Although the Cubs have to pay most of the $18 mil think of the money they'll save in not replacing Gatorade machines!!!

In response salaricap talking about the Cubs trading pitching, let's look at your list...Other than Moyer, everyone else on that list did well in Chicago.  They were either traded for prospects, or let go into free agency because the Tribune Co. did not want to pay them.  If Zambrano miraculously ressurects his career in Miami, God bless him. 

I wonder if those naysayers in Cleveland still regret the Rick Sutcliffe deal, or if Oakland regrets Ted Lilly.  See these things do go both ways.

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:46 pm
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Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:39 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

He sucks.  The marlins had a lot of good signings until this jerk.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:34 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Damn, Theo. Is that the best you could do? The Cubs are going to pay the Marlins $15 million dollars and give them Carlos Zambrano. In return, we get a dude that was a whopping 5-13 last year. I'm going out on a limb here, but my guess is about 95% of the US population over the age of 14 could have pulled that trade off. He could have waited until the very beginning of the season and waited a while to see if teams had injuries to their starters. Then saw the guy off. Sounded like he was trying to get out from under his contract right away. Bad move.

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