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.