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Fish unlikely to trade for Big Z, might try James Shields

Oct 23, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

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There’s been quite a bit of talk about the Marlins having interest in bringing aboard troubled Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano. One report even stated that new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had contacted Big Z directly about a potential trade.

But it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen.

According to Buster Olney of, the Marlins’ higher-ups aren’t bullish on the idea of taking on Zambrano’s hefty contract, which carries an $18 million salary for 2012 and a $19.25 million vesting option for 2013. They’re also not convinced that he can bounce back from a 2011 campaign that saw him post a career-worst 4.82 ERA across 24 starts.

The Fish would rather channel their resources into a trade for Rays right-hander James Shields, who registered a 2.82 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 225/65 K/BB ratio over 33 starts in 2011. His current deal is also far more affordable. Olney believes that outfielder Logan Morrison could be dangled in talks with Tampa.

  1. gatorays - Oct 23, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Better be more than Morrison…god knows the Rays jave a ton of outfield help.

    • lardman10 - Oct 23, 2011 at 6:27 PM

      this is my idea

      • permanantpresser - Oct 23, 2011 at 7:02 PM

        I concur

  2. shawnuel - Oct 23, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Morrison is a 1B greatly miscast in the Marlins OF because of Gaby Sanchez’ presence at first. He would have Casey Kotchman to beat out in Tampa…… Morrison is actually an average or better gloveman at his natural position.

    • hittfamily - Oct 23, 2011 at 6:30 PM

      Kotchman has played his last game in Tampa. He is a free agent, as he signed a minor league deal last year. They have about 10 million to spend this offseason on upgrades, and giving Kotch 4-5 million won’t allow them any upgrades. There are a lot of cheap young MLB ready first baseman under team control around the league, that are blocked by Vets. Alonso, Belt, and Morrison should all be on the Rays wish list. Shields is locked into a very team friendly contract for 3 more seasons, with team options of 7 8 and 9 million if I remember right.

      If the Marlins want Shields, they better dangle a lot more than Morrison, as Shields’ contract makes him an extremely valuable trade chip.

  3. Lukehart80 - Oct 23, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Shields for Morrison and… who else???

  4. Old Gator - Oct 23, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Boy, do I hope that this is true. I’ve been dreading Slobbering Ozzie teaming up with Krazy Karlos. If Tweeter is the price for a solid top three guy for the rotation, so be it – likable guy, and he ran some entertaining patterns in the outfield as if his feet were mounted on one of those swivel platforms on the wind-up Bulldog Tank toys, but you really didn’t want him coming up with two down and the game on the line. I think his RISP was something like .146 last time I looked, and that was before their last couple of series of the season.

  5. foreverchipper10 - Oct 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    That is all the NL East needs. Big Game James to join the division. Ugh.

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