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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: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:46 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

MAybe water is the key to the anger electrolyte imbalance etc....Would be great to see him in mid-tirade and cramp up though...

Saw him yanked from a SD game. No water... 

Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:39 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

I noticed that nobody is talking about how often he gets cramps in hot weather. I would say he has had to be taken out of games 20 times in his career because of cramping. He should have a lot of fun in Miami with his cramping issues.

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:18 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

I geuss the Marlins forgot that he refuses to drink water. Have fun in the Miami Heat. Over under at 4 for home games he has to leave in the 3rd inning due to cramping from drinking to much Red Bull. This is true.  

Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:17 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

He will probably tease the fans with a few good outing in April, but he is going to be a nightmare in the clubhouse and when all that starts his performance will completely deteriorate. He just does not have the arm he had 5 years ago. He has lost major velocity off his fastball. He will deteriorate the team in the clubhouse and is a real headcase and a cancer. Batting practice is more important to him than improving his pitching. He will occasionally complain of back strains and that is from him acting like a child in batting practice. I just do not understand why working on his pitching is not important to him, but it isn't. Has a sociopathic ego and denies his behavior in these situations. He is a loose cannon ready to go off at anytime and he will definitely go off and rip your team in half.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:15 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

GO #TeamTheo!!!!!!  Nothing but great trades for him.  Stewart, Wood, and no more Big Z?  Winning!

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:00 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

Win or lose it looks like Marlin fans are in for an entertaining season.  The cast of characters are taking shape and, as a Pirate fan, I'm almost jealous of what the fans are in for.  On the other hand, there's a good possibility that the faithful followers would like to change this channel early in the season.  I'm predicting 1st dugout scuffle happens before end of May & will be tweeted about by teammates within 15 min following last out.

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:51 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

One down (Fat Z) to go (Sorryano)

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:50 pm

New scenery...

Just what this guy needs. I hope Vazquez comes back. He was the best in baseball last few months of the season. The Fish are starting to look pretty sweet.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:42 pm

Marlins agree to trade for Carlos Zambrano

He sucks.  The marlins had a lot of good signings until this jerk.
It has the potential to be a good trade for the Marlins. Zambrano at times has pitched very well. If he does not, they did not give alot up to get him. It is worth the risk.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:40 pm
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