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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
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. 


Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:01 am

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

My bad - Ricky Nolasco, Sergio Mitre and Pinto were part of the Juan Pierre coup.

Actually that's Hendry's bad!!!  

I don't miss him. 

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:55 pm

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

I think the last time the Cubs traded pitchers with the Marlins we got 6-finger Alfonseco and the Marlins got Dontrel Willis and Ricky Nolasco.  Oops!!!

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:47 pm

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

Agree - why couldn't the Marlins include a prospect if the Cubs are picking up the tab? Like a Logan Morrison (who also could use a change a scenery)?

It doesn't seem right that the Marlins and there 3,000 fan base get a new ball park, a new rotation (Buehrle, Zambrano), a new shortstop (Reyes), two World Series victories in the last couple decades and a team worth watching in 2012.

In return the Cubs and their fans get a starter who was 5-13 last year plus the chance to pay $15 million to see Big Z pitch elsewhere.

In other news, the Cubs did re-up with Old Style so I guess the bleacher fans can still drink beer. Hopefully a lot of beer - they're going to need it!


Since: Jan 23, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:45 pm

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

Z iz hell of a pitcha fo realz............y'all just don't like dat he standz p fo himself...................COMPTON

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:59 pm

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

Since the Cubs are eating so much of Zambrano's salary, I would have liked to see some organizational depth or prospects in return here. I agree that the trade works for both sides but 15+ mm is a lot of salary to eat. 

On another note: It looks like we can see the type of player(s) Theo & Co. are coveting. Travis Wood and Chris Volstad are both young (former) phenom prospects with all of the upside in the world. Both players have had some (Volstad more than Wood) trouble translating their skills to the Majors. However, they both produce tons of upside and many prime years under possible  team control. If the cubs can trade Byrd and/or Soriano in this offseason I think I can see some progress for the future. The most important piece (in my opinion) is holding on to Matt Garza and hopefully extending him at the end of the year. The rest of the pieces will shake out over the course of the season.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:51 pm

Zambrano-Volstad trade works for Cubs, Marlins

The Cubs management should get down on bended knees and thank the baseball gods that they found some team willing to take this head case off their hands. 

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