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Carlos Zambrano could head to Japan or Taiwan

Feb 12, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

I’m not sure when Asia became MLB’s Island of Misfit Toys, but with Andruw Jones and possibly Manny Ramirez looking east, why not Zoidberg, er, Zambrano?


Zambrano posted a 4.49 ERA and struck out 95 — while walking 75 — in 132 and a third innings with the Marlins last year. And, as Sullivan’s tweet suggests, he’s somewhat, well, nuts.

Still, he’s a healthy pitcher. And last I checked, just about every team is reported to need a pitcher or two every year, so if he’s in decent shape I could totally see a big league team taking a chance on him.

  1. albertmn - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    He isn’t worth the headache. You should be able to find a prospect that has a chance to post an ERA between 4.5-5.0, at a cheaper price, and with fewer headaches. As to Japan or Taiwan, why would they want him? I don’t know that they would put up with his BS over there. Although I don’t know much about their baseball, in general Japan seems kind of formal and wouldn’t put up with a bunch of outbursts.

    • Old Gator - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Krazy Karlos ain’t what he used to be (see below). Last season, he had apparently followed Randall Patrick McMurphy out of the lobotomy theater and into the next bed.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Given how much other nonsense went down with the Feesh last season, we hardly even noticed Krazy Karlos. He was erratic – news, that – but quiet. After bad days on the mound, he merely promised to work harder and do better next time. I think they had him on Prozac (or maybe some Jimmythemarlinsfan optimism distillate, or JMFOD) all season. Or maybe Tommy intimidated him. We’ll probably never know.

    Speaking of the Feesh, in an eenterview on Sunday – the day after a dozen and a half fans mobbed Macondo Banana Massacre field for Winter Warmup to buy single game-day tickets and dump their spawn down the inflatable slides, the Chihuahua pooh-poohed all those fair weather fans (as if he expected any other kind in south Florida) who criticised the shrinkage of the Piscid payroll, noting “We’ve got the biggest marketning budget we’ve ever had this year.”

    Theenk about that.

    • Old Gator - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Pee Ess – as well as apro-pose, driving westbound over the Macondo River Bridge on the Dolfeen Expressway, as you pass Macondo Banana Massacre Field with its modern biker’s helmet lid pried back to let in the rain, you behold a great big electronic beelboard announcing “Ten Dollars Off Opening Day Tickets!”

      • heyblueyoustink - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        So, we have money for advertising but not players. Interesting strategy, maybe they’ll start ads like ” Come see x/y/z team come to town!”. I love ads like that, let’s you know even the franchise knows they’re gonna sucketh.

      • Old Gator - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        The other angle is, they have to have the biggest marketing budget because they’re going to have to work five times as hard as the next-worst team in terms of attendance in order to be only twice as empty.

  3. hodaghunter - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Man I can just see the headlines over the possible International Incidents…

  4. brady21 - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Putting Carlos Zambrano is a very cramped japanese town would lead to a blowup of the century in baseball. That combined with the language barrier would not be a good fit for Big-Z

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