It would have been preferable to this outcome. Personally I was hoping they would swing a deal with the Astros for Wandy.
GO FISH!!! HANLEY RAMIREZ + CARLOS ZAMBRANO+ OZZIE GUILLEN = THE END OF THE WORLD!!!!
Maybe he will fail the physical. Pray he will fail the physical. It happened to Lowell.
I kind of feel sorry for Chris. He had the dream job, a first rounder playing for hometown team. Things started off so well for him. Now most people have given up on him, including the Marlins.
GO FISH!!! BYE CHRIS GOOD LUCK IN CHICAGO!!!!
I think Vazquez really is planning to retire, though he never made an official announcement. I don't think he wants to pitch for Ozzie though and I think the feeling is mutual. Ozzie and he had some serious issues with each other in Chicago.
Unfortunately, Volstad probably would have made the rotation. His overall numbers aren't terrible for a #5 but he was awful last year until September. He had a great September (2.32 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) but our season was long since over by then.
I don't think Dominguez will hit enough for 3B. Dobbs isn't an every day player. I think the team is very happy with Infante at 2B and has no plans to beef up the position. CF is still a problem, as is having a 1B in LF.
Volstad just didn't perform. That was a terrible bit of drafting that year by us - 5 first-rounders, all spent on pitchers, and Volstad is the "best" of the bunch.
This has a chance to work out well for us for a year. Zambrano is in his walk year (unless he finishes in the top 4 in the Cy Young voting, in which case his 2013 vesting option kicks in at $19.25M). Maybe that will motivate him to behave. Ozzie may be able to control him for a year. Even last year, in his worst major league season, his numbers were comparable to Volstad's. Before that he was clearly much better than Volstad.
This also has a chance to blow up on us. Zambrano's not old but he's been around 10 years so he could start breaking down physically. Between Hanley pouting, Zambrano's mental health issues, and Ozzie's mouth, this could be a huge mess. But at least it's only for a year.
We didn't give up anything either. The Cubs are paying the difference between Zambrano's salary and what Volstad will probably make in arbitration. Volstad has been mediocre at best - the only thing he has going for him is that he's pretty young (25) and pitchers sometimes figure it out late.
Zambrano can hit too. He has 23 career HRs and a .241 career batting average. I bet we'll see him pinch-hit several times this year.
"I admit he has acted crazy at times, but there has to be more about what was happening internally with the Cubs."
You don't even know the half of it. Someone better protect the Marlins' young players from his verbal beat downs.
Its official, Big Z is a Marlin! So long Volstad!
Big Z traded for Volstad
Marlins land Big Z from Cubs for Volstad.
From a financial standpoint, the deal basically is a wash. Volstad is projected to make about $2.5 million in his first year of arbitration. The Marlins, meanwhile, will be on the hook for $2.5 million of the $18 million Zambrano is set to make this year, with the Cubs paying the rest.
Guillen is convinced that Zambrano can bounce back.
Zambrano has a 125-81 record and a 3.61 ERA in 319 career games. His 125 wins rank 15th all time in Cubs history, and his 1,542 strikeouts are second.
"I'm going to loath him for destroying this team, but I'm gonna love him for the entertainment value of it all. "
But isn't that why the Marlins got Ozzie? Good luck understanding that guy between the bleeps.
He usually uses his head to connect with the ball when hitting....thats why he so insane....this could be a total disaster....which inmate will be running this asylum???
The only upside is that anything Hanley does will look tame compared to Guillen and Zambrano.
If 'Z' messes with Stanton there will be pieces of him scattered in the clubhouse......they definitely MUST keep Lomo away from this nut......a very sorry situation to bring in an unstable mental case to this 2012 team.
Lets make sure Samson acts as the breakup guy.....he wont remeber who starred in any movies after that.