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.