Phillies, Carlos Zambrano Agree to Minor League Deal
As was speculated a week ago, the Phillies signed right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano to a minor league contract today.
The 31-year-old had a mediocre 4.49 ERA and 95/75 K/BB ratio over 132 1/3 innings last season with the Marlins pitching both as a starter and relief pitcher. Zambrano recently agreed to a deal with the Atlantic League Long Island Ducks, but never reported to the club because he was hopeful he would be able to find a minor league deal somewhere in the big league.
Zambrano threw for potentially interested teams in Miami on Monday and today he signed with the Phillies who were looking for some veteran depth in their organization with injuries to Roy Halladay and John Lannan forcing young, inexperienced pitchers to get on-the-job-training.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro shot down media reports on Saturday that his team had signed veteran right-hander Carlos Zambrano, but added that they could consider it - today the made the deal official.