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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 20, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 7:12 pm

Report: Marlins close to trading for Zambrano

Zito for Zambrano? I will throw in free Yoga lessons?

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 7:11 pm

Marlins close to trading for Carlos Zambrano

Well we all know how much Ozzie likes to talk and "mess around" so why not add Carlos Zambrano.  I would love to see these two go at it in the dugout!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 7:07 pm

Report: Marlins close to trading for Zambrano

lol don't forget they got Logan Morrison the twitter addict, David Samson the former basketball lunatic who almost got banned from attending NBA games, a lunatic Art Basel owner, and the guy with the fake name Leo Nunez. This team is quite a real life version of the movie Major League's Cleveland Indians.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:50 pm

Report: Marlins close to trading for Zambrano

I would rather have lye tossed into my eye's then watch Z pitch or the Cubs again,this idiot has no self control what so ever and will never gain the respect of the team mates again. Moving to the Marlins may be his only salvation,pitching for Ozzie may restore his self confidence and maybe his dignity. I hope the trade is done and the Cubs don't have to eat to much of the over inflated 19 million he is still owed,with Henry gone I hope the era of players having a career year and then given multi year contracts is over.

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:39 pm

Report: Marlins close to trading for Zambrano

The Marlins have probably been the most ignored team in MLB since winning it all in 2003.

Something tells me that's about to change. Laughing 

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:38 pm

Report: Marlins close to trading for Zambrano

Ramirez, Zambrano, Guillen and Reyes on the same team. Can anyone say diva central? Ka-Boom!

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:19 pm

Report: Marlins close to trading for Zambrano

Hanley, Ozzie and Z in a locker-room together for eight months? Pass the popcorn, please...

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