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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: Jun 5, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:30 am

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

The Marlins are getting a great deal. they pay 3 mil for a guy that is 45 games over 500. He will be on his best behavior trying to get another deal, he knows this is his last chance. I say he is 16-9 in 2012. The cubs get a guy that lost twice as many games as he won last year for 15 mil. Happy he is gone, but what is the difference cubs r going to suck with or without big z.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:23 am

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

If the Marlins can get one healthy season from Josh Johnson and a sane Carlos Zambrano this team would be dynamite. Odds of both happening are pretty slim though.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:30 am

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

The Marlins are "CRAZY" if they want to win the Division they have to stay away of this guy. BAD LUCK  Zambrano

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:20 am

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Look on bright side Cub fan/Marlin fan.  Cubbies get rid of a cancer and the Marlins welcome Terrell Owens.  Both sides are winners on this one.  Ozzie, and senior leaders like JJ, Mark (along with Ricky and Anibal), Jose, and Hanley aren't going to take any of his antics.  There's a good core in the other starters and the bullpen to wring this guy in.  He could easily fill that number 3/4/5 role and pitch lights out.  The Marlins are only on the hook for 3m and got rid of another Jeremy Hermida.  Don't get this Fab Five confused with the Phillies rotation, but it could be the turning point in the NL East.

Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:40 am

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

that is Maddux, Smith, Eck, Holtzman, and Moyer did not throw any punches.

Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:36 am

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Interestingly enough, none of the players mentioned threw punches at teammates in the dugout or stormed out of stadiums and disappeared.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:19 am

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

You Know why this will work cause he is going to south beach. No reason to be upset over here but party and enjoy the beaches. Easy to get tired in a windy azz city of chicago. will be fun to watch. And if ms. pickemwrong said its not a good idea, then you know that its a good thing when he tries to Go Marlins!!!

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:58 am

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

The guy is washed up. On top of that he's a hot head bad teammate. What were they thinking?

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:03 am

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

I CANT WAIT to see the first time ramirez boots a ball or just quits on a play when zambrano is on the mound! I CANT WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT bc it coming soon! LMAO!

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:54 am

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

The trade hasn't been done yet. Please Theo, make sure the Marlins take the bait ! Get rid of this cancer and get anyone for him ! Even Volstad is acceptable ! To those who think the Marlins aren't taking much of a risk, I remind you: This clown destroys team chemistry and can quit on his team at any time. With Reyes, Hanley and Ozzie in the dugout, the Marlins will have enough in-house fighting to rival the Yankee teams of the late 70s that had Billy Martin, Reggie Jackson and the ever meddling George Steinbrenner.

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