Didn't Carlos Zambrano sign with Long Island Ducks? Not exactly

By Danny Knobler | Baseball Insider

Reports last week said that Carlos Zambrano had signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.

As of Monday, though, the one-time major-league pitcher still wasn't listed on the Ducks' roster.

What gives?

According to sources, Zambrano did agree to terms with the Ducks. He didn't, however, sign a contract.

Zambrano apparently believes he can instead get a deal with a major-league organization. Venezuelan journalist Wilmer Reina reports that he worked out Monday in Miami, with the Phillies, Orioles, Blue Jays, Yankees and Reds watching. Some reports had him close to signing with the Phillies late last week, but general manager Ruben Amaro told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that was untrue.

Amaro did confirm to Salisbury that the team would consider Zambrano.

Zambrano, who turns 32 on June 1, spent last season with the Marlins but hasn't pitched for anyone this season. His agent didn't respond to a message about the dealings with the Ducks.

Even without Zambrano, the Ducks have five pitchers with major-league experience, the most prominent one being Dontrelle Willis. Willis has already made three starts, walking nine batters in 15 1/3 innings.

Ian Snell, Leo Rosales, James Houser and Bill Murphy are also on the pitching staff. Catcher Ramon Castro and outfielder Ben Broussard are the best-known position players on the roster.

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