Former long-time Chicago Cub, Carlos Zambrano, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Zambrano, 31, will participate later this week in an extended spring training assignment down in Clearwater. He has a 3.66 ERA and a 132-91 overall record thus far in his 12-season career.
The recent injury of Roy Halladay and the prior John Lannan sparked the Phillies' interest in acquiring another starter, particularly a veteran.
Earlier this week, a Venezuelen source reported the news of the signing, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called such news "extremely premature". Well, it's a reality now, and Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock has his optimism about the signing.
"We're just looking to add some starting pitching depth and some experience. No promises were made. It's low risk and hopefully high reward. We got positive feedback from everybody who has interacted with him recently. We did our due diligence. It's just good business."
This signing could go either way, it could extremely help the ailing rotation but it also could hurt team chemistry due to his agressive-like behavior. Hopefully the latter never comes about.
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