The Miami Marlins recently signed closer Heath Bell to a deal and free agent shortstop Jose Reyes to a lucrative six-year, $106 million deal, one for which SB Nation's Rob Neyer provided a thoughtful breakdown, but is seems the team is not done spending heading into the MLB Winter Meetings. According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Marlins have asked about the price of Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano:
It is important to note that Joe Cowley is believed to be very close to current Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, who has discussed liking Zambrano as far back as the days when Guillen was the manager of the White Sox. It is unknown what the Cubs would be willing to do to trade Zambrano, who recently spoke with President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and is personally convinced he will be back with the Cubs in 2012. Zambrano will be owed $18M in 2012 and will be 31 in June. In 2011, he started in only 24 games, sporting a near-career-worst 4.82 ERA and 4.59 FIP.
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