International Notes: Zambrano, Cabrera, Montero

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  • Rumors have been circulating in Carlos Zambrano's home country of Venezuela about a possible trade to Miami, writes Marlins beat writer Luis Rangel at El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language counterpart to the Miami Herald (via Twitter). Rangel adds that he's heard from the team that "it's not true."
  • Asdrubal Cabrera will begin contract negotiations with the Indians next week, his agent Jose Mijares of Octagon told Jose Manuel Fernandez at El Universal in Venezuela. Tim Dierkes analyzed Cabrera as an multiyear extension candidate yesterday, though Mijares didn't mention any prospect of a long-term deal. "The team will send us a figure, and we'll respond," he said. "I don't think there will be any problems in signing soon. My experience with Cleveland tells me that there won't be any need to go to arbitration."
  • In the same piece, Mijares said that another of his arbitration-eligible clients, Miguel Montero, is close to agreeing with the Diamondbacks on a figure for 2012. "Montero has more points in his favor than Cabrera," Mijares said. "He was the leader many offensive categories among National League catchers." Montero's strong 2011 campaign led MLBTR's Mark Polishuk to identify him as an extension candidate back in September.  For 2012, Matt Swartz projects a $5.3MM salary.
  • Vicente Padilla told Edgard Rodriguez C. at La Prensa in Nicaragua that three teams have showed interest in him recently. Two days ago, another Nicaraguan paper reported that the Marlins were eyeing Padilla, but the pitcher said there is nothing firm between him and any team. More importantly to the 34-year-old righty's Major League prospects, his neck is pain-free and his fastball has reportedly been up around 95-96 mph this winter.
  • Miguel Tejada told Pappy Perez at El Nacional in the Dominican Republic that he wants to invest in the Dominican Winter League team the Aguilas Cibaeñas when his Major Leauge career is through. But he emphasized that he's not retired yet. "I've had a bad season, but that's not to say that I'm done, and my goal is to show that I can still be a player at the highest level. That's my goal these days," Tejada insisted.
  • Sources close to Amaury Sanit tell Fernando Ballesteros at Puro Béisbol in Mexico that the Dodgers are interested in signing the 32-year-old Cuban reliever. Sanit logged just seven innings out of the Yankees' pen last season before being released in June, but he has seen more action as the closer for the Culicán Tomateros in the Mexican League this winter, pitching to a 0.62 era in 36 appearances.

12 Responses to International Notes: Zambrano, Cabrera, Montero Leave a Reply

  1. Caballo14 4 years ago

    Hopefully the Yankees don’t sign Padilla, but this sounds like a Cashman type deal.

  2. rsanchez1 4 years ago

    If Padilla still has that kind of life in his fastball, the Marlins should look to sign him. He wont be that expensive. Plus, he will help sell tickets to the Nicaraguan community in Miami. They aired Dodgers games in Nicaragua just because Padilla was starting, so he’s bound to have fans in Miami.

    • miamiroc 4 years ago

      My gf is Nicaraguan and her father used to watch Dodgers games just to watch Padilla pitch. So there is definitely truth to what you’re saying.

  3. bayareabeast 4 years ago

    i hope Z goes to the fish. it would bring some comedy to the mlb

    • Infield Fly 4 years ago


      Actually, I think the word for that would be “mockery”…

      • bayareabeast 4 years ago

        as long as its not my team it would be comedy lol

    • rsanchez1 4 years ago

      It will be “The Club, Part II”.

  4. EightMileCats 4 years ago

    I like it. Johnson, nol, buehrle, z, Sanchez
    Solid rotation

  5. Philip Marlowe 4 years ago

    Zambrano and $10 million for Volstad? The Cubs will need an arm to replace Z in the rotation.

  6. rsanchez1 4 years ago

    Zambrano would be the fifth starter, not Sanchez.

  7. johnson,sanchez,buehrle, nolasco, z

  8. rsanchez1 4 years ago

    If the Cubs will take it. Although, someone like Volstad who can’t keep the ball in the park probably won’t have much success in Wrigley.

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