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MLB Rumors 2012: Cubs, Marlins Talking Carlos Zambrano For Chris Volstad

The Chicago Cubs have discussed acquiring pitcher Chris Volstad from the Miami Marlins in exchange for pitcher Carlos Zambrano, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. It had already been reported that the Marlins are close to a deal that will send Zambrano to Miami, but acquiring Volstad would give Chicago an immediate replacement for Big Z in the starting rotation.

Volstad, 25, has made at least 29 starts for the Marlins in each of the past three seasons. He uses his height (6-foot-8) to get lots of grounders, but he's never missed many bats or had great command. He did show some improvement in those latter two areas in 2011, though, striking out 117 and walking 49 in 165 innings. MLBTR projects Volstad's 2012 salary through arbitration at $2.6 million, which isn't that high of a figure for a back-of-the-rotation starter.

The Marlins wouldn't have room for Volstad in their rotation if they acquire Zambrano given that they already have Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco. By including him in the deal, Miami would be free of his salary, while Chicago would probably be thrilled to actually walk away from the trade with something remotely useful.

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