The Marlins and Cubs are swapping starting pitchers -- Chris Volstad for Carlos Zambrano -- with completely opposite temperaments.
The teams have agreed on the trade, which is pending physicals and the approval of the commissioner's office, according to multiple sources. The Cubs will pick up the bulk of the $18 million salary owed to Zambrano for next season -- anywhere from $2-3 million, or the approximate amount the Marlins would have had to pay Volstad.
The Cubs give up a headache in the volatile Zambrano. The Marlins lose a disappointment in Volstad, one of their former first-round picks. The deal, which was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, is not expected to be completed until Thursday.
Marlins president David Samson would neither confirm nor deny the team's interest in the combustible right-hander on Wednesday during his weekly show on 790-The Ticket. When asked by host Dan LeBatard whether there was anything going on with Zambrano, Samson replied: "Who? The Game 5 starter in '03 (NLCS). He's pretty good. But he's on the Cubs, though."
Because of his temper, Zambrano obviously brings risks. But there are those who believe his friend and fellow Venezuelan, Ozzie Guillen, is the one manager who could keep him in check.
Guillen was asked about Zambrano last month at the Winter Meetings in Chicago and said he was in daily contact with the pitcher, but not about becoming a Marlin. Guillen predicted that Zambrano would be successful.
"I got a bet with somebody, I will tell you, he will win a lot of games for the team," Guillen said.
So give us your initial reaction. Who got the better end of the trade? Marlins or Cubs?