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There is another former Miami Marlin named Carlos who isn’t getting a whole lot of attention in free agency.
That would be pitcher Carlos Zambrano, a onetime 18-game winner for the Chicago Cubs in 2007 who was banished to the Miami bullpen in 2012.
Zambrano made 20 starts and 15 relief appearances for the Marlins, posting a 7-10 record with a 4.49 ERA and unsightly 1.50 WHIP in 132.1 innings. Zambrano was once valued as the Cubs’ ace and was a three-time All-Star in Chicago, but his peripherals last season were awful.
How awful? A strikeouts-to-walks ratio that peaked at 2.35 in 2005 dipped to a career-worst 1.27 last season. His strikeouts per nine innings were just 6.5 in 2012, down from a 2006 peak of 8.8. Most troubling of all may have been the walks-per-nine figure he posted in Miami. His 5.1 mark was the second-worst of his career, just lower than the 5.2 Zambrano posted in his first full season in 2002.
Still, Zambrano is only 31, and with there being next to no interest in the big right-hander, it wouldn’t come as a complete shock if the Yankees brought him to spring training to see if he had anything at all left in the tank.
Think Freddy Garcia, only three years younger than Garcia was when New York brought him in prior to the 2011 season.