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Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

Posted on: January 4, 2012 7:30 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 8:51 pm
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The agreed-upon trade between the Cubs and Marlins of volatile former star Carlos Zambrano for talented former phenom Chris Volstad works for everyone.

The Cubs get rid of the volatile Zambrano, who had lost his friends in the clubhouse after losing is way on the mound last year.

The Marlins give up Volstad, whose great promise has seemed to dissipate the past few years to the point where he was an unacceptable 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins in 2011.

This trade represents a fresh start for both right-handers. It is expected to be announced Thursday.

The Cubs will have to send the bulk of Zambrano's $18-million 2012 salary to Florida, as well. But Zambrano was lost for them anyway. No matter what Cubs people said about how Zambrano could come back for them, the reality was that he needs a new beginning. He gets that with his old friend Ozzie Guillen, who has the best chance of almost anyone of finding the old Zambrano. Guillen had been begging his new Marlins bosses to acquire Zambrano, and this was one (of many) wishes they could fulfill; the Cubs were even more desperate to be rid of him.

Volstad needs to find his way, too. The 6-foot-8 right-hander from South Florida may do better away from home. He showed tremendous promise his first year in Florida but only flashes since. It shouldn't be too late for him, either. He's only 25. 



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Comments

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:50 pm
 

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

So, I do apologize for my previous comment re: racism.  However, Drifter, I do think that your comments were offensive.  Have you actually traveled to any of the countries you describe as "dirty"?  Some of them are pretty gritty, but we have some pretty rough areas in the good ol' US of A that are on par with the places you show disgust with. We need to accept that baseball has gone worldwide; note all the recent signings of foreign players.  Sort of brings back memories of integration of one of the great game changers of all time, Mr. Jackie Robinson.  So, get over your prejudices and accept that the game is changing or just be a bitter, sour soul left in the wake of change.



Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:26 pm
 

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

I agree 100%. That Chris Volstad is a steaming peanut filled turd alright.



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:37 pm
 

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

Let's see if Zambrano wants to dust off Chipper Jones again the next time he faces him. Chipper was the last batter Zambrano faced last year.



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

Anytime you can trade a turd and get value in return, you've won.



Since: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:41 pm
 

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

Wow the clown with the translator comment is a real idiot.  What difference does it make that their are Latin guys on the team?  They signed quite a few Anglos as well this winter.  What a moron!  Baseball has had great Latin players for over 60 years.  Next he'll say that they need a "jive" translator for the African American players on the team.



Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:14 pm
 

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

Racist ass.



Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:07 am
 

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

que son simplemente un racista. i think you can figure that out.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:31 pm
 

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

The Marlins clubhouse is going to need some serious translators for the players who grew up in the U.S.  I hear they are talking about annexing Florida and giving it to Puerto Rico and all the other dirty Island nations way down south!!



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 5:05 pm
 

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

The Marlins are going to be baseball's must-see team next summer; especially when the Big Z is on the mound. Between that nut melting down and Ozzie screaming @ his players, baseball in South Florida will be entertaining at the very least. When Guillen was informed of this trade, he was quoted as saying. "The ******* guy better not give me any **** or I'll kick his ***. I don't take **** from nobody. Now get that ******* microphone out of my God **** face or I'll **** you up, you mother ******."



Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 9:03 am
 

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

The old Z will be missed, I hope he can get a new start with the marlins.


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