Might the Marlins trade Chris Volstad for Carlos Zambrano?
Zambrano has presented quite an conundrum for the Cubs the past few seasons. He has been suspended in the past for confrontations with teammates and last pitched on Aug. 12, but was suspended for the remainder of the season after the start because he cleaned out his locker and left the team after surrendering five home runs.
He is also entering the last year of a five-year $88.5 million contract, and is due $18 million next season. Last season's 9-7 record with a 4.82 ERA definitely does not warrant that chunk of change.
However, when healthy--both mentally and physically--Zambrano has the potential to be one of the league's best pitchers. He broke into the big leagues as a 20 year old, and in 11 season is 125-81 with a 3.60 ERA. He has made three all-star teams and fifth in Cy Yong voting three times as well. And despite being around for so long, he is only 30.
After his behavior last season, it seemed unlikely that the Cubs would find someone willing to take on Zambrano's attitude--and contract. But with new manager Ozzie Guillen, a loose cannon himself, at the helm, perhaps the Marlins are the right match. Guillen, like Zambrano, is a native of Venezuela.
Undoubtedly the Cubs will be eating some of Zambrano's contract if there is a deal, but regardless, it is quite the risky move for a Marlins' squad that is clearly trying to win now after signing Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle this offseason. With a sound-minded Zambrano in the rotation, the Marlins all of a sudden look dangerous with him, Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco in the rotation.
Volstad has yet to put it all together at the big-league level, but has a ton of upset and seems to be a good catch for the Cubs in return for being rid of Zambrano. Volstad, 25, was a first-round pick in 2005 and is 32-39 with a 4.59 ERA in four seasons.
What do you think of this potential deal for both team? Would you want Zambrano on your team?