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“Ridiculously premature” no more: Phillies sign Carlos Zambrano

May 15, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

Carlos Zambrano AP

Over the weekend there was a report from the Dominican Republic that the Phillies had signed Carlos Zambrano. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. denied the report, calling it “ridiculously premature.”

And today the Phillies announced that they’ve signed Zambrano to a minor-league contract. So yeah, next time Amaro calls something “ridiculously premature” that’s just code for “will happen within a week.”

Obviously the Phillies can use rotation help with Roy Halladay out indefinitely and John Lannan also on the disabled list, but Zambrano is pretty close to the bottom of the barrel at this point. He’s still just 31 years old, but in addition to being, well, let’s call it a “strong personality” he also hasn’t been any good for several years.

Last season Zambrano had a 4.49 ERA and ugly 95/75 K/BB ratio in 132 innings for the Marlins, including a 6.60 ERA and more walks (46) than strikeouts (39) in his final 59 innings. And in 2011 he had a 4.82 ERA in 146 innings for the Cubs. Obviously the Phillies believe he at least has more upside than other fill-in options, but even that’s based a whole lot more on his past than his present and it’s been a while since the headaches didn’t outweigh the performance.

But hey, we’ll certainly take the extra material for blogging. For now Zambrano will report to extended spring training.

  1. heyblueyoustink - May 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM


    • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Cheer up. You have Svelte Delmon Young in the field. What can go wrong?

      • heyblueyoustink - May 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        I coined him one “Carlos Zambraindead”.

        I think the chemistry on the Phils is under the radar and good right now. This guy is a classic clubhouse cancer.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        You’re such an optimist. I love it! haha

      • heyblueyoustink - May 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        :-) it’s all good. Could be worse, like a ridiculously large contract to an overweight vegitarian!

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        It’s mostly water.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 15, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        I see what you did there, smarty pants.

        / stings tongue out, thumbs in ears with open palms waving

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        You’re so machewer.

  2. Ralph - May 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Whoa, that fat guy ate Carlos Zambrano??

  3. chill1184 - May 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Alrighty then

  4. hoopmatch - May 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    It should be fun to watch if they call him up.

  5. deathmonkey41 - May 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    I understand Adam Eaton is still available.

  6. DelawarePhilliesFan - May 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    /sarcasm font
    Oh good

    • heyblueyoustink - May 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Not sure if you’re NBA savvy, he reminds me of Derrick Coleman

      • Utley's Hair - May 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM


      • heyblueyoustink - May 15, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Hair! Nice to see you’re alive!

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        I used to be eons ago – but I am “Golden Age of Big East Basketball” savvy (the 80’s), so yes, I got the reference right away. And I agree

      • Utley's Hair - May 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Well, blue, apparently somebody disagrees with you. But I’ve had other stuff going on that prevents me from wasting away on here like I used to do. What’s up, man?

      • heyblueyoustink - May 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        Lots of angry people when I came back from my year and a half hiatus ( work, how dare they ).

        And every day above dirt is a good day! As one of my older, wiser clients once told me.

        I like this version of the Phils…… no black clouds.

  7. deepstblu - May 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Actually, the last thing the Phillies need is rotation help. Kendrick has been excellent, Pettibone has kept the team in every one of this starts, Cloyd can be a fifth starter until Lannan comes back, and this guy is not going to be better than Hamels or Lee. They need offense and middle relief.

    • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      He might actually be better suited for the bullpen, don’t know if that is in their plans at all…but he’d probably be better in middle relief than as a starter.

      • randygnyc - May 15, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        Classy acknowledgement.

      • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        Well, I didn’t say he would be GOOD out of the bullpen….just better.

  8. hisgirlgotburrelled - May 15, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    ‘at a boy, Rube!!

    “General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. denied the report, calling it “ridiculously premature.””

    The rest of the worst called it “ridiculously unnecessary.”… Maybe he was only reading scouting reports 7 years old, again.

  9. randygnyc - May 15, 2013 at 12:40 PM


    • tuberippin - May 15, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Looks like I owe you an apology from the last “Big Z to the Phils” post. There is apparently no limit to the depths that Ruben Amaro will dive to scoop up players no one else wants.

      • gloccamorra - May 15, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        Well, he passed on Jonathan Sanchez, letting the Dodgers pick him up. Apparently crazy, ineffective lefties are a bridge too far, but crazy, ineffective righties aren’t. Zambano will probably be used as a ROOGY.

  10. Utley's Hair - May 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Hide the Gatorade machines…

    • The Rabbit - May 15, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Utley, we need a pool. How long before either you or Jon pick him up?

      • cur68 - May 15, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        Hey, BZits is on a roster (what was Kopy thinking???) why not Krazy Karlos, too?

      • Utley's Hair - May 15, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        I’ll take Jonny in that pool.

  11. megary - May 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Maybe they brought him in to help the offense?? Great bat off the bench.

  12. taktrevor - May 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    He projects as a better hitting option than at least four Phillies right now. I’m a Phillies fan, and maybe we could use his pop off the bench, but pitching isn’t the big concern right now, unless he can eat up middle innings, and with his walk rate, that doesn’t seem likely. I mean, Paps has 7 saves. That’s nuts.

  13. niceguyeddie11 - May 15, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    For middle relief? maybe. For his bat? maybe. For a starter? Not needed.

    Does the front office even watch these games? They need offensive help. They are not losing games becasue of pitching. They have a guy in the minors who is over .500 OBP in his last 10 games and he sits there, despite really needing that kind of help on the major league team. At what point do the owners realize that the execs in place are lost?

  14. xmatt0926x - May 15, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    No longer ridiculously premature, just ridiculous altogether. So this awful retread a better option than a young guy with at least some potential like Adam Morgan? Adam Morgan isn’t better than a 5+ era which is likely what Zambrano will give you? Add to that the fact that if they end up being sellers and dumping all the veterans this year, bringing up Morgan now lets you see if you have anything in him for the future. I understand that they don’t have much commitment to using Zambrano with this signing. But the signing itself shows you their thinking as far as needing another possible starter soon and the fact that this clown is even a possibility is just a joke. It’s also representative of the ass-backwards, lost in the 1980’s GM we have right now. The real scary part isn’t that Amaro is just such a bad GM, it’s the fact that ownership might not see how bad a GM he actually is. These kind of moves will remind any Phillies fan over 30 years old of the bad ol’ days of this franchise when retreads like Zambrano were all the team ever picked up.

  15. deathmonkey41 - May 15, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    What the Phillies need to do is find an effective masking agent for Chooch. That guy couldn’t hit his wife if he were Brett Meyers right now

  16. pesky99 - May 15, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Why do jerk-offs like zambrano keep getting more opportunities to furthur their career?

    This guy is one of the biggest jerks in baseball and should be gone and forgotten, yet- teams keep bringing the a-hole back!!!

    I just do not understand why the bad guys continue to get all the breaks and chances, when there are plenty of players in the minors that could use the opportunity.

    Stop wasting time and resources on these forgettable losers and give some new blood opportunities to advance their careers.

  17. cktai - May 15, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Phillies front-office seem to be losing it. Still, Zambrano can pinch-hit for Revere I guess.

  18. ditto65 - May 15, 2013 at 3:37 PM


  19. dawglb - May 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    The Firing of Charlie Manuel is ridiculously overdue, too.

    • ptfu - May 15, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      Maybe. But it’s not Ol’Chollie’s fault that his players are underperforming, or that the roster is what it is.

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