Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs had it good for a while, you know? They burned bright and hot for a decade, during which time Zambrano made three All-Star teams, won three Silver Sluggers and got into a whole lot of trouble. He might get in trouble again in 2012, but if so, he will do so for the Miami Marlins.
The trade sending Zambrano to South Beach will also involve Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and the Cubs paying the Marlins about $16 million of the $18 million owed to Zambrano. In return, Chicago gets Chris Volstad, 25, a right-handed pitcher of diminishing renown.
It's far from a game-changer, but this deal is a big win for the Cubs in the long-term. Epstein and Hoyer are putting on a clinic in sabermetric rebuilding. Here are five reasons Cubs fans should delight in this trade.