the Cubs agreed to assume $15 million of his $18 million contract in a trade that should be announced soon.
The Marlins will send 6-foot-8 right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad in return, according to multiple sources
|1998||17||CHC-min||Rk||0||1||.000||3.15||14||0||0||1||40.0||1.600||8.8||0.0||5.6||8.1||1.44||CBZ · ARIZ|
|1999||18||CHC-min||A||13||7||.650||4.17||27||2||1||0||153.1||1.383||8.8||0.5||3.6||5.8||1.58||LNS · MIDW|
|2000||19||CHC-min||AA,AAA||5||6||.455||2.62||43||0||0||6||117.0||1.316||7.2||0.4||4.7||6.8||1.46||WTN,IWA · SOUL,PCL|
|2001||20||CHC-min||AAA||10||5||.667||3.88||26||1||0||0||150.2||1.274||7.4||0.5||4.1||9.3||2.28||IWA · PCL|
|2002||21||CHC-min||AAA||0||0||0.00||3||0||0||0||9.0||0.889||2.0||0.0||6.0||11.0||1.83||IWA · PCL|
|2009||28||CHC-min||A,A+||0||1||.000||4.15||2||0||0||0||8.2||1.385||9.3||0.0||3.1||6.2||2.00||PEO,DYT · MIDW,FLOR|
|2010||29||CHC-min||AAA,Rk||0||0||5.40||4||0||0||0||5.0||1.400||10.8||0.0||1.8||9.0||5.00||IWA,CBZ · PCL,ARIZ|
|2011||30||CHC-min||A||0||0||0.00||1||0||0||0||4.0||1.500||6.8||0.0||6.8||9.0||1.33||PEO · MIDW|
|162 Game Avg.||14||9||.607||3.60||36||1||0||0||207||122||1.319||7.8||0.7||4.1||7.6||1.87|
This is a smart baseball move. Volstad is worth the gamble; the Cubs are going to be making a lot of those types of gambles to see who is worth keeping around when (if!) the next wave of competitive rolls thru, and it seems a decent use of otherwise useless innings. Either Zambrano will pitch well in 2012 and be out of the Cubs price range, or he’ll pitch bad and not worth signing. It’s also a great offering to the Cubs base, who have bought in to the idea of a ‘necessary culture change’ to the point the right amount of subtractions is worth more than any additions.
It also breaks my heart. We’re now five seasons away from when Z was really Z. He had the biggest win total in 2007, but the hits per 9 jumped that year and have never gone down again. He’s not been the guy you’d go out of your way to see every time he starts since, but he still usually put together one really strong stretch every year, usually right before or after a blow up. He still is out there trying (except for those meltdowns), it’s his arm started going out on way too early. Prior and Wood will be remembered as the arms the Cubs (possibly) mangled via overuse at a young age, but Zambrano was throwing 200 IP at 22 and 23 and 24 with them, and maybe it just took a little bit longer for it to catch up to him. Prior’s pitied for his his failed career, Wood is respected for battling thru his arm problems, but people seem to just blame Carlos for the same problems. Mostly because he’s made himself such an easy target.
It’s sad it ended like this. It’s depressing that it’s the second franchise guy who’s left on such terrible terms in a decade. Maybe Carlos will be welcomed back to the family before Sammy – Carlos is always willing to admit his mistakes (just not stop making them) and perhaps he’ll be a calmly guy when he’s no longer competing – but it’ll be years down the line. Zambrano acted like a jerk, but I’d wish he’d also be remembered for being the best player on the team and easily the most entertaining for the last decade.
I understand why he had to go, but I wish people remember why we were happy to have him here.