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Why Carlos Zambrano is still a free agent

Mar 31, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

Carlos Zambrano AP

You can probably guess why Carlos Zambrano is still a free agent, but here’s the official word, via Nick Cafardo:

But his reputation as a bad guy in the clubhouse, coupled with his downward-trending performance, have kept teams away. “You’ve got to be up for what he brings,” said an NL GM. “Not saying the guy hasn’t been good in his career because he has, but when things go bad, he has a rap sheet that shows how he reacts, and that’s hard to overcome.”

Zambrano posted a 4.49 ERA with the Marlins last year after being acquired for Chris Volstad. His fortunes did not improve in the World Baseball Classic as he allowed two runs in 3.2 innings of work.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    The Red Sox should sign him, give him the locker next to Alfredo Aceves and just see what happens.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      MLB Network would make so much money if they turned that into some sort of reality show!!

    • tuberippin - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      Bring back Vicente Padilla from the NPB for one more go-around and we’ve got ourselves the most eventful locker room since…well, since last year’s Red Sox.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        And issue all three of them the same number.

        /Wesley Snipes The Fan reference, bitches
        //Holy shit I just realized that was Benicio Del Toro
        ///”Fuck the movie The Fan starring Wesley Snipes, Demolition Mans the only Snipes movie I like” -Jon Lajoie
        ////Everything is closed now

  2. jackrabbitz - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Because he’s
    a loose cannon.

  3. 13arod - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    i wonder if carlos zambrono is releted to alfredo from boston

  4. rbj1 - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Who doesn’t want a washed up hot-head? Who’d want a lot of money to boot. Are you telling me teams would rather take a risk on a promising youngster at league minimum? Who’s grateful for a crack at the bigs?

  5. sfm073 - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    The question isn’t why hasn’t anyone signed him, the question is why would someone?

  6. yeahsos - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Actually the Marlins are waiting for him to drop his price.

  7. drone501 - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    baseball ought to let more of these knuckleheads take a walk. instead they throw more money at them.

    • Old Gator - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      If Krazy Karlos is going to walk, it’s because he can’t pitch very well anymore. Last season with the Feesh he was remarkably composed throughout – although I grant you it would be a bit much to ask any team to hire Slobbering Ozzie as their manager just so they could keep a mediocre pitcher sedated.

  8. badintent - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    Get the biggest Barbeque fork you got and stick it in him. Then toast him and drop him off in Sinaola , Mexico by the road.Done. Or send him to pitch with A.J. Burnett, who proves that locker room poison and lousy pitching can still find a home in MLB.

  9. coryfor3 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    He doesn’t have a job pitching because he isn’t particularly good at pitching.

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