Over the weekend reports began to surface that the Philadelphia Phillies had signed troubled veteran Carlos Zambrano. However, Phillies' GM Ruben Amaro Jr. put those rumors to rest yesterday afternoon. The Phillies have not signed Zambrano, and the reports were characterized as "ridiculously premature."
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly says the Phillies intend to take a look at Zambrano, but they have not made any decision about whether they would like to sign him or not. Zambrano is currently playing with the Independent League Long Island Ducks - the same team another veteran, Vladimir Guerrero, signed with.
Because of the pitching concerns and Roy Halladay's injury, signing Zambrano might make sense for the Phillies. Amaro made no secret of the team's plans to go out looking for pitching help when they found out about Halladay's injury. However, Zambrano would come with plenty of baggage.
There's a reason Zambrano has not found work in the Majors this season. He is far too emotional, and when his emotions ramp up, he struggles. He gets wild. We saw it in part during the World Baseball Classic, so any notions that he had worked through is issues went out the window in March. But Zambrano has had success in the Majors. He's worth a look.
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