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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: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:11 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

To me, at the very least, this is addition by subtraction for the Cubs;  for the Marlins, a roll of the dice.  IMO, sooner or later, they will come to regret this chapter of their revolving door run this off-season.  Can anyone really see Big-Z being productive for a FULL season anymore?  And how volatile a mix is this going to be with Ozzie big-mouthing to the press after a couple of Z-meltdowns?

'Couls be wrong; time will tell.  Ought to be entertaining either way.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:09 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano and Ozzie Guillen in the same dugout and clubhouse that is going to be fun to watch ! I know that they are friends and enjoy having dinner together but when it comes down to the ballgame and their two temperments all I can say is that this will be fun to watch ! But I do think that the Marlins will be having a very good year next season. Ozzie is a great manager for the national league, just look at his record in interleague play when he was with the White Sox. And Carlos on the team will help. If he can keep his head on straight he is a good pitcher. Should be a very fun year on South Beach .

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:48 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

I cheered hard for the Expo's when they hit the skids and tried to produce teams with the best drug and alcohol re-hab program in the Majors.

I can certainlt get behind the M&M's, mental Marlins.

Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:47 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

The cubs have gone and traded there best pitcher.
Big Z was their best pitcher?  Ouch.  What does that say about Garza and Dempster?

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:33 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Congratz to all you Cub fans! I know you hvae all suffered with this moron...time to let another team and orginization deal with his antics!

Any bets on how long it takes him to step over the line with his team mates??

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:27 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

you're an idiot.....winning makes good team chemistry.

Well, duh...  I'm thinking you should slow down on calling ppl idiots out in the public, makes ya look bad (or idiotic for that matter).  The point he was making is it will be tough to establish good chemistry with people that are emotionally unbalanced... 

Be nice, it will go a lot further here.

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:19 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano


   I think this team should be named the "Mental" Marlins! what is going to happen the first time that disgruntled Hanley Ramirez doggs it in the field when Big Z is pitching? Ozzie and Big Z will both go off the deep end. I do not know that specifically speaking "good charcter means good team" you do have to have some talent, and the Marlins have plenty of it, including Zambrano. BUt, a Big But here, thay also have two of the most inflamable stars in the recent memory of the game. They are messing with fire here folks, gasoline is great when trying to make that car run, but when someone drops a match, look out!!!!

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:41 am

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Assuming all are healthy, that's a pretty good starting rotation for Miami.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:36 am

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Sometimes all a player needs is a change of scenery to find greatness again. Zambrano won't have the pressure of trying to be an ace and I think Guillen can keep Z's attitude in check. The Marlins have a solid four-man rotation. I can't wait for the season to begin.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:30 am

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Good character makes good team chemistry

you're an idiot.....winning makes good team chemistry.

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