According to Fox Sports’s Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins and Cubs are close to finalizing a dealthat would send temperamental right-hander Carlos Zambrano to Miami.
Zambrano, who last season was placed on the disqualified list for abandoning his teammates, is owed $18 million in the final year of his contract. The Cubs would likely pick up the majority of that sum. Zambrano also would need to waive his no-trade clause, which shouldn’t be an issue considering his relationship with fellow Venezuelan and new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen.
In September, the Cubs moved Zambrano to the restricted list and before season’s end activated him. At that point, the speculation began the Cubs would seek to trade Zambrano and the Marlins would be an ideal fit because of his friendship with Guillen.
Perhaps of greater concern than Zambrano’s volatile nature are his declining numbers. His ERA balooned from 3.33 in 129 2/3 innings in 2010 to 4.82 in 145 1/3 innings last season. Zambrano hasn’t reached th...