Marlins Agree To Acquire Carlos Zambrano

The 2012 Marlins just got a little more interesting. In case Ozzie Guillen, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell didn’t add enough intrigue to the upcoming season, the team has officially acquired Carlos Zambrano from the Cubs for Chris Volstad. The Marlins will pay $2.5MM of Zambrano's $18MM salary in 2012.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein had a productive meeting with Zambrano after the season, but the right-hander hadn't seemed wanted in Chicago for a while. The Cubs placed Zambrano on the disqualified list last summer following an August outburst and declined to play him in September, after his 30-day suspension ended.

Icon_9153103Zambrano waived his no-trade clause to play for Guillen, his friend and fellow Venezuelan. Zambrano also waived his $19.25MM option for 2013, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (all Twitter links). His deal now includes a $100K bonus for winning Comeback Player of the Year in 2012. Zambrano settled his summer grievance with the Cubs, obtaining 24 days of salary (nearly $2.4MM), according to Rosenthal.

The deal gives the Marlins a projected rotation of Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, Ricky Nolasco and Zambrano. It presumably takes the Marlins out of the running for another Cubs starter: right-hander Matt Garza.

Zambrano, 30, posted a 4.82 ERA with 6.2 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and a 42.4% ground ball rate in 145 2/3 innings for the Cubs in 2011. He has spent his entire 11-year career with the Cubs and earned nearly $100MM in the process. Zambrano, a three-time Silver Slugger, owns a .241/.251/.395 career line as a hitter and has hit 23 home runs. The Cubs signed him out of Venezuela in 1997 under former GM Ed Lynch.

Volstad, a 6'8" right-hander, posted a 4.89 ERA with 6.4 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 and a 52.3% ground ball rate in 165 2/3 innings for the Marlins in 2011. His career numbers (4.59 ERA, 5.8 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 50.4% ground ball rate) show he's a steady if unspectacular back-of-the-rotation option. However, he's homer prone and struggles against left-handers, as MLBTR's Mike Axisa pointed out earlier in the offseason.

The 25-year-old former first rounder projects to earn $2.6MM through arbitration in 2012 and will remain under team control through 2014, which makes him a relatively affordable medium-term option.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported that the teams were nearing a deal (Twitter links). Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Juan C. Rodriguez of The Sun Sentinel and Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago also contributed to the story as it broke. Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post. Photo courtesy of Icon SMI. 


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287 Comments on "Marlins Agree To Acquire Carlos Zambrano"


jordan
3 years 7 months ago

delete

dylanp5030
3 years 7 months ago

Over/under: you will post this at least 2.5 more times.

jordan
3 years 7 months ago

under, last time

Ellis Markman
3 years 7 months ago

Man the cubs must HATE Biz Z to OVERPAY his contract! lol.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

I’m just enjoying how it says the Marlins agreed to acquire Zambrano. Almost gives off the impression that the Cubs were begging somebody to take him off their hands.

rsanchez1
3 years 7 months ago

Epstein: “Come on Larry, ain’t Volstad for Big Z an even trade?”
Beinfest: “Come on Theo, I’m no The… er, how about paying most of his salary?”
Epstein: “You can pay $2.5M of his salary.”
Beinfest: “Throw in some water coolers.”
Epstein: “DEAL! Hey Joe, bring out the good champagne. WE GOT RID OF HIM!”

MichiganMan2424
3 years 7 months ago

The Cubs will pay 18 of the 15 mil? I didn’t think it was possible for the Cubs to trade Zambrano and come away losers. Only the Cubs…

Bob George
3 years 7 months ago

That’s an MLBTR mistake. Go read Levine’s actual tweets.

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

Eat your heart out Barnum and Bailey, the Miami Marlins are the “Greatest Show on Earth”…

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

The Circus Comes To…

bravesdude
3 years 7 months ago

Ha ! They could be the next reality sports show or Xtreme sports show .

BDLugz
3 years 7 months ago

Or the next Real World

rsanchez1
3 years 7 months ago

Ozzie Guillen was already in a sports reality show. You bet MLB Network will be all over this.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 7 months ago

Sorryano to the Braves next?

diesel2410
3 years 7 months ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if he went to Tampa while Chicago eats most of his salary

Chad Kreuter's Hat
3 years 7 months ago

soriano would probably waive his ntc to got to a good AL team so close to the Dominican. the problem would be the money.  cubs would want quality prospects back if they had to pay more than half his salary.  soriano can still hit.

juliosnoop1717
3 years 7 months ago

He could go to baltimore but rays havent showed interest

Chad Kreuter's Hat
3 years 7 months ago

looking at cot’s contacts, BALT has shown some surprising financial restraint recently.  would they want to move m reynolds or b roberts?  the cubs would still have to kick in $25-30M and maybe a prospect to even out the talent.  stewart/reynolds platoon might be interesting.

diesel2410
3 years 7 months ago

I’m sure the Rays would give up one decent prospect if Chicago ate most of his salary

biffsniff
3 years 7 months ago

No thanks, not even if they payed $30M of his $20M salary

sourbob
3 years 7 months ago

Sorryano? Really? We still think that’s clever?

bravesdude
3 years 7 months ago

LOL . If this actually happens I will personally hold it against you . LOL .

Rob Farmer
3 years 7 months ago

How are the Cubs going to pay $18M of Big Z’s $15M salary… I think they got that switched… Regardless… Good riddance! Happy New Year! 😀

bravesdude
3 years 7 months ago

They paid the extra $3M to give their problems to the Marlins .

shysox
3 years 7 months ago

18 MM of 15 MM? Wow!

ironnat
3 years 7 months ago

That might be right – the Cubs gave them $15 Mil to take Z and $3 Mil to acquire Volstad.

3 years 7 months ago

Levine says the Cubs will pay $18MM of Zambrano’s $15MM salary. 

You mean $15MM of the $18MM salary?

3 years 7 months ago

Great trade for the Cubs!

3 years 7 months ago

Yes I kind of like this deal for the Cubs. They get younger, have a starter locked up, and get rid of Z. Not a big return but cheap back of the rotation starter locked up if they need him

3 years 7 months ago

How is it possible to pay $18m of a $15m salary?

kahnives
3 years 7 months ago

18 out of 15…Hell of a deal for the Marlins!

biffsniff
3 years 7 months ago

Too good to be true, or even make sense!

NYYANKEES
3 years 7 months ago

damn Cubs have to pay $15 million of his $18 million salary

3 years 7 months ago

So the Cubs essentially save enough payroll to pay for Volstad. I think I’m good with that.

3 years 7 months ago

“Levine says Cubs will pay $18MM of Zambrano’s $15MM salary.” So the cubs are paying Miami to take him?

Drew Tweedie
3 years 7 months ago

Dunno if it was just edited, but now reads, “The Cubs will pay $15MM of Zambrano’s $18MM salary.”

3 years 7 months ago

ya they just edited it

3 years 7 months ago

Salary amount fixed. So I edited my comment.

$1639604
3 years 7 months ago

Cubs are paying the Marlins 3MM more than his 2012 salary to take him??

Hawkeye250
3 years 7 months ago

Well you know, he will bring in the latin crowds…

bravesdude
3 years 7 months ago

….or anyone who wants to watch a grown man throw a fit .

NickinIthaca
3 years 7 months ago

If I had a good view of the water cooler in the Marlins dugouts on days he was pitching, I’d do whatever I could to get him to freak out.

Rob Farmer
3 years 7 months ago

According to ESPN… ”
The deal, which is pending physicals, requires the Cubs to pay $15 million of the $18 million owed Zambrano in 2012. Zambrano has a $19 million vesting option for 2013 if he finishes in the top four for the Cy Young Award.” (A quick post typo…)

3 years 7 months ago

$15 million plus Zambrano for a giant who went 5-13 last season?  It sure is tough being a Cubs fan…

Rob Farmer
3 years 7 months ago

It is being a Cubs fan but it wouldn’t matter who the Cubs got… Losing Big Z… No, No I mean gaining a player not named Big Z for him is a positive move for them… He is a mess… 

biffsniff
3 years 7 months ago

W-L record? Really, it’s 2012. His gap between ERA and FIP show that he was one of the more unlucky pitchers last year. He isn’t stellar, but a solid option, and the Cubs will probably get more innings from him than they would with Zambrano. Also less headaches.

rsanchez1
3 years 7 months ago

I guess he’s just been unlucky the past few years, all the home runs he’s been giving up. But then, considering how unlucky the Cubs have been for the past 100 years, can’t imagine how badly Volstad will pitch in 2012.

Hawkeye250
3 years 7 months ago

…And the insane crowds