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Carlos Zambrano joins the Long Island Ducks

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Carlos Zambrano (USATSI)
Carlos Zambrano has hooked on with an Independent League team. (USATSI)

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It wasn't too long ago that Carlos Zambrano was one of baseball's top workhorses. Now, he's a Long Island Duck. The former Cub joined the Independent League team earlier this week, according to Ryan Dunleavy of the Courier News.

“He's an extremely talented pitcher with a lot of experience,” said Zambrano's former Cubs teammate Jake Fox. “He is very exuberant. He is a good character for this league. He'll bring fans. He'll be a great addition.”

Zambrano, 31, went 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA in 132 1/3 innings for the Marlins last season after going 91-51 with a 3.39 ERA for Chicago during his heyday from 2003-08. No team was willing to give him a chance this offseason, which is unsurprising given his history of temper tantrums.

The Ducks are always well-stocked with former big leaguers, and this year's squad features Dontrelle Willis, Ian Snell, Ramon Castro and Ben Broussard.

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