Report: Zambrano joins Ducks

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, the
temperamental Zambrano — who pitched for
Venezuela in this year’s World Baseball Classic — is
taking his talents to the independent leagues.

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.