The Blue Jays have signed 31 year-old starter Victor Zambrano as an option at the back of their rotation. He received a minor-league deal with a spring training invite. Hard to believe we’re only a few weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting!
Zambrano has had Tommy John plus an additional surgery on his right elbow, so he won’t make the Opening Day rotation. The Jays like the flexibility of using Zambrano as a starter or reliever. It probably won’t work out, but Zambrano did have a mild amount of success in the AL East back in 2003-04.
The Toronto Sun adds that J.P. Ricciardi hopes Zambrano will be ready by mid-season and his deal includes a 2008 option.