The Marlins and Cubs are talking trade, but they're not talking a package deal for Matt Garza, they're talking a player for player trade, which would send Chris Volstad to the Cubs, and bring the very...interesting Carlos Zambrano to Miami. My previous post explained why I felt that the Marlins should give up on a trade for a top-of-the-line starter since they'd have to give up one of our best players plus a couple more in return, but this trade I like.
There are a few downsides however. Number One I feel is the age difference. Volstad is younger than Zambrano, and age is ALWAYS a factor when building a team. Number Two is Zambrano's reputation of being hotheaded. Zambrano has a tendency to blow up in everybody's face, and he has a serious temper. Supposedly Zambrano and Ozzie Guillen are good friends, so hopefully that will be quelled slightly.
There are a lot of upsides though. Should Zambrano join the Marlins, we do gain that all-star starter we were looking for, and it would give us an incredible rotation consisting of JJ, Buehrle, Sanchez, Nolasco, and finally Zambrano, and that sounds like awesome to me.
And on a side note, Zambrano could also act as an emergency bat off the bench. Thinking like a manager here, I could technically survive with one less position player on the bench and keep an extra pitcher in the bullpen in case of emergency. Why? One hitting pitcher isn't enough reason to lose a bench spot. Ahh, but don't forget that JJ isn't exactly a slouch at the plate either.
I like the idea of Carlos Zambrano in Miami. As a manager, his temper and antics could prove to be a problem, but worth the risk. As a fan, having Big Z in a Marlins uniform would be a LOT of fun. So now the poll for discussion sake. You like Zambrano in Miami? Yes or no?