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Marlins demote Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen

Jul 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Miami trading for Carlos Zambrano this offseason involved little risk, as the Cubs covered all but $3 million of his $18 million salary and the Marlins only had to part with Chris Volstad in the swap.

Unfortunately that low-risk move hasn’t paid off, as Zambrano went 5-9 with a 4.54 ERA and 83/67 K/BB ratio in 115 innings spread over 20 starts. And today the Marlins demoted him to the bullpen, filling his rotation spot with Wade LeBlanc.

Zambrano actually got off to a strong start, sporting a 2.81 ERA as recently as early June, but since then he’s 1-6 with a 7.62 ERA and more walks (38) than strikeouts (27) in 41 innings while allowing opponents to hit .290.

He’s mostly been a model citizen in Miami, which is certainly a change from his Chicago days, but of course that doesn’t seem quite as important when you can’t throw the ball over the plate. And dating back to the beginning of last season Zambrano now has a 4.70 ERA and 123 walks in 261 innings while managing just 6.2 strikeouts per nine frames.

  1. Uncle Charlie - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Oh this is exactly why I love Fangraphs!

  2. blackandbluedivision - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Same story different city. Only thing missing is a temper tantrum.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Still waiting for the poet of the swamps to wade in with his definitive comments on “Lamebrano”.


    • Old Gator - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      Not much to say. He pitched well through June and then fell off the table in July, so unless they could unload him, the Feesh had nowhere else to put him but the boolpen. Of course, he would probably be a more effective righthanded pinch hitter than whomever the Feesh would have had coming off the bench and I would wager that Slobbering Ozzie will use him in that capacity eventually.

      Tonight, he came out in the fifth against the Braves and recorded a foul-bunt strikeout, then coughed up a line drive single that allowed both of the runners he inherited from Mark Buehrle to score.

      The Feesh were predictably pathetic tonight, but more on that tomorrow.

      • scratchnsniffnblog - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        Happy Jose’s positive attitude and Ruggz’ consistent hitting are worth watching. Can Bonifacio’s protective mitt get it’s own spot in the lineup?

  4. chill1184 - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Another big signing by the Fish doesnt work out huh? Shocking!

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