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https://twitter.com/#!/Ken_Rosenthal/status/154693589224529921

Sources: Marlins close to acquiring Carlos Zambrano from Cubs.

How many bags of baseballs do the Cubs get in return?

update: deal is done, zambrano to marlins is official. Not sure on the specs, but the Cubs are apparently getting a player in return.

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Ken Rosenthal

Source: #Cubs paying between $15M and $16M of $18M that Zambrano is due. Volstad going from #Marlins to Cubs.

solid job by theo. volstad still had plenty of potential

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Ken Rosenthal

Source: #Cubs paying between $15M and $16M of $18M that Zambrano is due. Volstad going from #Marlins to Cubs.

solid job by theo. volstad still had plenty of potential

Agreed. Z was never going to have as good a value. Might as well just bite the bullet and ship him out, start fresh. I'm glad he's gone.

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...aaaaaaaaaand Theo has his first spectacular move as GM (sorry, "Director of Player Operations") of the North Siders. Sending Zambrano away and acquiring something other than a new Gatorade dispenser is a spectacular move in my book, let alone for Volstad who has decent upside.

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I think Volstad will be good for the Cubs. As for the Marlins...someone needs to start shipping TV cameras to Miami PRONTO!

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I think Volstad will be good for the Cubs. As for the Marlins...someone needs to start shipping TV cameras to Miami PRONTO!

MLB Network needs to have a reality show about the Marlins. This team should be entertaining before, during and after its clubhouse implodes.

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This is it for Carlos Zambrano.

The Marlins are pretty much in a no loss situation with Zambrano. Either they get a guy who's going to be a solid #3 type of pitcher or he's going to be gone with next to no cost to them. Zambrano is also going into a near perfect situation for him. He's got his buddy managing the team, he's on a team that has a chance to be a World Series contender and he's in a city where there's going to be very little pressure put on him from the media and the fans. If he can't make this work, nothing is going to work and if the Marlins do decide mid-season that they've had it with him, I highly doubt he will ever play in the majors again because every team is going to look at the situation he was in and think the same thing. If that situation couldn't work out for him nothing will.

I'm surprised the Marlins even took him because I'm not even sure I would want this guy on my roster even if I didn't even have to pay his salary. I don't think he should even be playing baseball. I think he has serious mental problems that need to be addressed.

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https://twitter.com/#!/Ken_Rosenthal/status/154693589224529921

Sources: Marlins close to acquiring Carlos Zambrano from Cubs.

Are they stuck on stupid in Seattle? How can anyone take that headcase.

Much less give anything back for him. I had Zambrano as a spring training buyout, so I'm delighted.

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Not that the Cubs care since the real win was getting rid of Zambrano and his albatross deal, but there's very little to be excited about in terms of Volstad. Both the stats and the many times I've seen him pitch tell me that he sucks.

Don't know what the Marlins are thinking taking on a volatile, declining pitcher, but the Cubs will gladly take it. Good trade for them.

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I see this going one of two ways: Murder, though I don't know if Ozzie kills Carlos or vice versa; or, the two get along swimmingly, having fung and goo time and jajajajaja and the team loses 150 games. Either way, I like it!

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You know, when Zambrano was good he was really good. And considering the Marlins got him on the cheap, what's the real risk? IMO, Miami is the perfect spot for Zambrano, because even if they don't win much (which I think they will), it's still better than the dumpster fire that was the Cubs organization over the past few years.

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It's bizarre that the two most mind-boggling, frustrating and obnoxious personalities in Chicago baseball are now both part of the same team. Miami is going to be a freak show this season. I wouldn't be surprised if Z and Ozzie have a knife fight in the dugout after Z gets pulled for headhunting.

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Tampa just lost 10 games....

The Rays announced that they signed right-hander Fernando Rodney to a one-year deal that includes club option for 2013. Rodney will earn $1.75MM in 2012 and has a $2.5MM option for '13 with a $250K buyout, tweets ESPN's Enrique Rojas. The Associated Press first reported the deal (link in Spanish via ESPN).

?Fernando?s pure stuff is top-notch and can beat hitters both in and out of the strike zone,? Rays Executive VP of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. ?We feel he will be able to maximize his ability with us to further strengthen our bullpen.?

Rodney posted a 4.50 ERA with more walks (28) than strikeouts (26) and a 58.4% ground ball rate in 32 innings of work for the Angels in 2011. The 34-year-old has a 4.29 ERA with 8.2 K/9, 4.9 BB/9 and a 49% ground ball rate in nine seasons with the Tigers and Angels. Rodney told the AP that he hopes to compete to be the Rays' closer in 2012 and that he?s feeling good physically and mentally.

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Tampa just lost 10 games....

The Rays announced that they signed right-hander Fernando Rodney to a one-year deal that includes club option for 2013. Rodney will earn $1.75MM in 2012 and has a $2.5MM option for '13 with a $250K buyout, tweets ESPN's Enrique Rojas. The Associated Press first reported the deal (link in Spanish via ESPN).

"Fernando's pure stuff is top-notch and can beat hitters both in and out of the strike zone," Rays Executive VP of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. "We feel he will be able to maximize his ability with us to further strengthen our bullpen."

Rodney posted a 4.50 ERA with more walks (28) than strikeouts (26) and a 58.4% ground ball rate in 32 innings of work for the Angels in 2011. The 34-year-old has a 4.29 ERA with 8.2 K/9, 4.9 BB/9 and a 49% ground ball rate in nine seasons with the Tigers and Angels. Rodney told the AP that he hopes to compete to be the Rays' closer in 2012 and that he's feeling good physically and mentally.

He may hope he'll be able to compete for the Rays closer spot, but if he's only making around $2 mil for both years, the Rays obviously don't think he will. That's a fraction of what he was making with the Angels. Its tough to tell how good he really is because he's almost never been completely healthy throughout his major league career. If he ever got the point where he could be 100% he might actually be able to be the closer on the Rays, but you got to wonder at 34 if he's ever going to be that type of pitcher he keeps showing signs of being.

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Zambrano and Ozzie are actually pretty good friends. There's a chance this goes really well and Big Z is back to being a good pitcher. Or it could blow up in their face and Zambrano will be out of a job in July.

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Zambrano and Ozzie are actually pretty good friends. There's a chance this goes really well and Big Z is back to being a good pitcher. Or it could blow up in their face and Zambrano will be out of a job in July.

Yeah if Zambrano has a blowup its not going to be with Ozzie Guillen. He'll be released before it ever gets to that point.

I think Guillen will have full confidence in him, but Zambrano knows he's on a short leash. Its not going to be like it was in Chicago where if he had a flareup he was either suspended or sent to counseling. He'll just be shown the door and that will be it.

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Its not going to be like it was in Chicago where if he had a flareup he was either suspended or sent to counseling.

Dude, Zambrano was allowed to have unchecked bitchfits for like eight years.

I don't like the deal. I'd rather just pay to have him than pay not to have him.

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