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Carlos Zambrano is trying to impress scouts at the WBC

Mar 6, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

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Carlos Zambrano is pitching for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic and tossed two scoreless innings in his first appearance yesterday against his team last year, the Marlins.

It was just a pre-tournament tuneup game for Venezuela, but could have been a more important game for Zambrano because at this point in his career he needs to impress someone to get back to the big leagues.

“I have a couple of offers, but they’re not the kind of offers that I want,” Zambrano said, via Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. “I think this is a good moment, the WBC, to show or prove something.”

Based on reports last month those “couple of offers” Zambrano doesn’t want may be from Japan and Taiwan. Obviously he’d have to settle for a minor-league deal from an MLB team, but so far at least it’s not even clear he can secure one of those. And the amazing thing is that despite seemingly being around forever Zambrano is still just 31 years old.

  1. coryfor3 - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Too bad he didn’t spend more time trying to impress Cubs and Marlins fans the past several years.

  2. donniev77 - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    You can repair an elbow, you can repair a shoulder, unfortunately for Carlos there is no surgery to repair his head.

    That being said, someone will sign him and he will be servicable until somone makes an error while he’s on the bump or sits in his seat on the bench and he will be out of baseball again.

    • vallewho - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      I think he can still be a good pitcher, as long as he gets on the right medication.

  3. dluxxx - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    I’d love to see the Twins sign him to a minor league deal and see if he can get himself straightened out. He’s better than half of their starting rotation, but honestly I don’t see them doing it. He just isn’t a “Gardy” type of guy.

    I don’t think he battles his tail off.

  4. jason1214 - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    @dull
    You don’t want him anywhere near your Twins.
    Signed, Cub fans.

  5. 11thstreetmafia - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    That is incorrect. He seemed to be the only Cub that really cared. Although punching your teammate is not cool, remember why he did it. D-Lee hit hit into his 76th double play of the day and was laughing back to the dugout. Lee was out of town before Z. What does that tell you. This guy wants to win sooooo badly that it gets the best of him and he cannot understand why nobody cares as much as he does.

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