January 5, 2012
Marlins make another splash, land Zambrano
By SPORTS NETWORK
MIAMI, FLA. - The Miami Marlins continued to reshape their roster on Thursday, acquiring feisty starter Carlos Zambrano and cash from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitcher Chris Volstad.
For the 30-year-old Venezuelan, the deal provides a chance to make a fresh start.
Zambrano was 9-7 with a 4.82 earned run average in 24 starts last season through August 12, but a meltdown following his ejection from a start in Atlanta triggered his departure from Chicago.
Zambrano cleared out his locker at Turner Field, left the team that night and said he was going to retire. The following day, he was suspended for 30 days and placed on the disqualified list. In early September, the Cubs officially shut him down for the remainder of the year because they felt Zambrano would not have sufficient time to prepare for further starts.
But the fiery right-hander will now be guided by countryman and new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, as well as a number of fellow Latin players.
A three-time All-Star, Zambrano departs the Cubs after 11 seasons with a 125-81 record, 3.60 ERA and 1,542 strikeouts over 319 games (282 starts). A feared slugger amongst hurlers, Zambrano also hit .241 with 23 home runs, 26 doubles and 69 RBI in 708 plate appearances.
The relatively placid Volstad, a hulking presence at 6-foot-8 and 230 pounds, went 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA and a career high of 117 strikeouts in 29 starts for Florida in 2011.
He has compiled a 32-39 mark with a 4.59 ERA in 103 games -- all but one of which have been starts -- since breaking into the majors with the Marlins in 2008.