Report: Zambrano joins Ducks
May 8, 2013 at 1:00a ET
Carlos Zambrano threw a no-hitter, made three All-Star teams and earned more than $100 million as a major leaguer. The next pitch the former Chicago Cub and Miami Marlin throws will come on a much smaller stage.
According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the temperamental Zambrano — who pitched for Venezuela in this year’s World Baseball Classic — is taking his talents to the independent leagues.
In case you missed it, Carlos Zambrano has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. #Cubs— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) May 8, 2013
At least he’ll have some other former MLB company when he gets there. Former NL Rookie of the Year and NL Cy Young runner-up Dontrelle Willis is already on the Ducks’ pitching staff.
Nine-time All-Star outfielder Vladimir Guerrero also signed with the team in April, but he was arrested shortly afterward for for allegedly attacking a police officer in his native Dominican Republic. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Guerrero has still not reported to the team as he tends to an unspecified family issue.
Another former Duck? Two-time All-Star Jose Offerman who was known for a hot temper that certainly rivaled Zambrano's.
Being stuck in the Atlantic League isn’t all bad news for Zambrano, though. Just last year, both Roger Clemens and Scott Kazmir pitched for the league’s Sugar Land Skeeters, and Kazmir is back in the bigs with the Cleveland Indians — though things aren't going exceptionally well for him.