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The Phillies did not sign Carlos Zambrano

May 11, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

Carlos Zambrano AP

Reports from the Dominican Republic earlier had reported that free agent Carlos Zambrano had been signed by the Philadelphia Phillies, but those reports have been squashed. GM Ruben Amaro called the reports “ridiculously premature” per CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury.

Amaro had indicated recently that he was searching for pitching help from outside of the organization after Roy Halladay went on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Lefty John Lannan has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a strained left quad. Jonathan Pettibone came up to replace Lannan while Tyler Cloyd made a spot start last night before being sent back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Zambrano recently signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League as he attempts to work his way back on to a Major League team. He pitched for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, allowing two runs on one hit and two walks in 3.2 innings. In 132.1 innings with the Miami Marlins last year, he posted a 4.49 ERA with 95 strikeouts and 75 walks.

  1. randygnyc - May 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Premature just means that it hasn’t happened yet. Desperate is as desperate does.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 12, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Well, it hasn’t “happened yet’…so actually, yes it does mean that

    • tuberippin - May 13, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      Your team signed Freddy Garcia last season. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

  2. schmedley69 - May 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Zambrano is a career .238 hitter with 24 home runs. The Phillies should sign him for his bat alone at this point. He would be one of their best hitters.

  3. biasedhomer - May 12, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    I’ve been wondering why no AL team has experimented using Big Z as a DH platoon versus left handed pitchers.

    • derklempner - May 12, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Probably because he’s a switch-hitter.

    • derklempner - May 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      I keed, I keed.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - May 12, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    somebody cares about this?? yea right

  5. pisano - May 12, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Any team that signs Zambrano without a lifetime supply of Thorozine is as nuts as he is. Caution: buyer beware.

  6. coryfor3 - May 12, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    The reports have been “squashed?” Doesn’t seem like the best word to use there.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 12, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      That because you didn’t click the link

      “Amaro said the Phillies would take a look at Zambrano, who recently signed with the independent Long Island Ducks. Amaro said the Phils would consider signing Zambrano if he looked good, but as of now, the GM said, the Phils hadn’t even scouted the pitcher.”

      So yes, a report that Zambrano “had been signed by the Philadelphia Phillies” was squashed. They did not sign him

    • leerosenthall - May 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Maybe because the correct word is “quashed”? ;-)

  7. coryfor3 - May 12, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Leave it to the Phils. If there is a bad contract to sign, Ruben is willing to do it.

    • drone501 - May 12, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      this team just loves to flush money down the toilet.

  8. kiwicricket - May 12, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    “ridiculously premature”
    That’s what she said!!

    Oh…wait..

  9. deepstblu - May 12, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    No. Just no.

  10. 13arod - May 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    carlos is better then some pitchers on some teams he can still pitch

    • dwdive - May 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      He’s not better than any pitchers on this team. Even the minor league pitchers (Cloyd, Morgan, Biddle, Pettibone) are ALL better than this guy. This would make absolutely NO sense to sign this bum…

  11. millmannj - May 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Why don’t they just bring up Biddle?

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