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More talk of the Marlins being interested in Carlos Zambrano

Oct 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Connecting all the dots, Florida’s interest in Carlos Zambrano sounds pretty real.

As soon as Ozzie Guillen became the Marlins’ manager last month there was speculation about him convincing the team to trade for his friend and last week El Nacional in Venezuela reported that Guillen has already reached out to Zambrano.

And now Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes that the Marlins “have interest in acquiring” Zambrano “if Chicago picks up a large chunk of his $18 million salary for 2012 and doesn’t expect a lot in return.”

It’s hard to imagine the Cubs not being willing to eat most of that money in exchange for a mid-level prospect at this point, so if Guillen and the Marlins want Zambrano there’s definitely a deal to be made. Zambrano was obviously a huge headache in Chicago and his on-field performance has declined as well, but for a one-year commitment at, say, $8 million he could be a worthwhile gamble with Guillen in the mix.

  1. b7p19 - Oct 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Maybe crazy can handle crazy? Big Z will likely feel much more comfortable in Miami with Ozzie as the manager and the general culture in south Florida.

  2. Old Gator - Oct 10, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    It didn’t take Slobbering Ozzie long to take this pathetic team and begin remaking it into a laughingstock that only Garcia Marquez’ biggest fans could love – and then only as an example of what happens when Murphy’s Law operates in an environment free of the predators, like logic, which often conspire to circumscribe its effects. I have a sick feeling that Scrooge McLoria will look at Javier Vasquez’ renaissance season – which allasudden seems to have plummeted into the distant past – and think he can catch lightning in a gourd bottle twice in a row. Zambrano would be nothing but the harlequin dwarf in the eyeball hat to Slobbering Ozzie’s vulgar clown show – two grandstanding, unstable idiot blowhards cavorting on a field of mediocrity.

    That horror in the outfield better be good and ready to light up, toot like a railroad worker’s mess wagon after a meal of pork and beans, fire off simulated laser rockets and scream like a Cuban treefrog in a knight anole’s jaws because Krazy Karlos, aside from embarrassing the entire organization and a town that needs more embarrassments like it needs more corrupt politicians, will be feeding it lots of opportunities to strut its stuff.

    • colt1235 - Oct 10, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      I have been reading this site for a while, as well as the comments. Finally I am inclined to sign up and actually post one.

      Old Gator, you are a disgrace to us marlins fans. Actually, I take that back. You don’t appear to be a true marlins fan.

      • Old Gator - Oct 10, 2011 at 5:03 PM

        And what does it take to be a “true” Feesh fan, then? Joy at having a vulgar, incoherent blowhard become their manager? Eager anticipation at having said idiot manager import an erratic, undependable head case of a pitcher who has worn out his welcome to the point that his former employers are going to be willing to eat millions to be rid of him? Deep appreciation for an ownership that flat out lied about its financial situation in order to inveigle our upstanding elected officials to cough up hundreds of millions of bed tax dollars earmarked for enhancing our community as a tourist destination to build a bandbox for billionaires? A profound respect for a front office that has nickel and dimed its team to death for six years (a “market correction,” in the Chihuahua’s memorable phrase) instead of investing in it as a way of building the fan base for the long term? Or a celebration of a last place team that imploded like a rotten pumpkin this past season and had one of the worst RISP stats in all of baseball?
        Sorry. I must not have been born with the gene that permits me to rahhh-rahhhh for a bunch of underperforming prima donnas no matter how dully or badly they play.

        You go right ahead and practice your own stolid brand of mindless homeboy jingoism. I’ll continue to insist on spending my sports dollars on quality products, and making an issue of it when the team on the field sucks.

  3. Clinton Manitoba - Oct 10, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Sounds like the Marlins may be picking up the “shock value” way of putting this team together.
    Think Jerry Springer, or WWF Attitude era.
    Behind closed doors they will tell Logan Morrison to ramp it up a bit on twatter.

    If none of that is true, then Jeff Loria really is as much of an idiot as perceived.

    If you get enough hot heads and ego maniacs together do they neutralize themselves? It seems to only work for part of the year for the Yankees (regular season, not post)

    • b7p19 - Oct 10, 2011 at 11:43 AM

      Right, because the Yankees have never done accomplished anything in the postseason.

      • Clinton Manitoba - Oct 10, 2011 at 12:15 PM

        Right, because my comment was talking about the Yankees this year. And the Yankees did not accomplish anything in this year’s postseason…
        Thank you.

      • jimbo1949 - Oct 10, 2011 at 12:22 PM

        Glad you clarified that statement, once you got called on it?

    • Old Gator - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      Clinton Manitoba: yes, Scrooge McLoria is as much of an idiot as perceived. And he’s a complete schmuck into the bargain. If you don’t speak Yiddish, you could probably find an Inukitut word that means the same thing.

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