Multiple reports from last week indicated that Carlos Zambrano had signed a contract with the Long Island Ducks of the Independent Atlantic League. According to a Danny Knobler piece at CBS Sports, Zambrano has decided not to sign with the club, and will continue to pursue a deal with a Major League team.
Zambrano pitched for the Miami Marlins last season after he was acquired from the Chicago Cubs. The Marlins agreed to pay $2.5 million of the $18 million owed to the right-hander in the final year of a five-year, $88.5 million contract. The 31-year old threw 132.1 innings, finishing with a 7-10 record, 4.49 ERA, 4.47 FIP, 4.84 xFIP, and 95 strikeouts between 20 starts and 15 relief appearances.
According to the Knobler piece, Zambrano has some interest from several teams:
Zambrano apparently believes he can instead get a deal with a major-league organization. Venezuelan journalist Wilmer Reina reports that he worked out Monday in Miami, with the Phillies, Orioles, Blue Jays, Yankees and Reds watching. Some reports had him close to signing with the Phillies late last week, but general manager Ruben Amaro told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that was untrue.
The Ducks currently boast a pitching staff that features fellow faded arms Dontrelle Willis and Ian Snell. Ian Snell, you say. Well, I guess that gives all the justification required to repost this classic:
Zambrano made one start for Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. It’s a bit of a strange turn of events, given that his agreement with the Ducks appeared to be finalized. Oh well, best of luck to Zambrano on trying to work his way back to the Majors.