12/14 Zambrano starts for Caribes

Carlos Zambrano, making his first start since taking a line drive off his face, threw four shutout innings Wednesday night for Caribes de Anzoategui. Zambrano, who was injured Nov. 18 and needed 16 stitches, walked one and struck out one in a Venezuelan Winter League game against Tigres de Aragua. He faced 13 batters, and got eight groundouts.

— Carrie Muskat


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Obviously, most of these batters aren’t major leaguers, but to me the most important thing to see in these starts is a low walk ratio and a high groundout ratio showing he’s keeping the ball down, so this is good news to me especially after his time off due to injury. In other pitching news, is it too hypocritical for me to say that I know if the Cubs win the bidding on Darvish, I will be excited (so long as they didn’t grossly overbid) and say he’s going to greatly improve the pitching staff; and yet if they lose the bid I will say he’s overrated and I’m glad we didn’t make the mistake of picking him up?

trust me Darvish will not be a Cub because the Cubs don’t want to pay 60million to get rights to him then pay 60+ mill for his contract…. no thx… he’s unproven… he could be the Ichiro of japanese pitching and I still wouldn’t pay 60 mil to talk to the guy. Not when MLB proven talent can be had for much less

Yeah that’s why I said if they don’t grossly overbid for him. The reason I say this is ALLEGEDLY, when the Red Sox put up $51 mil for Matsuzaka, the next closest bid was in the low to mid $30 millions. If that’s true, and teams learned from that mistake, I would only be happy if they got him for a more reasonable fee. But like I said, I’m too hypocritical so I would be happy if we didn’t get him too.
That being said, I think there are better pitchers out there to go after for much, much cheaper. I’d be analyzing guys with more recent success such as Joe Saunders, Edwin Jackson, Bruce Chen, Paul Maholm and Roy Oswalt as well as giving a chance to guys who have had success in the past as backups and depth for the rotation such as Zach Duke, Jon Garland, Scott Kazmir, and Joel Pineiro. The majority of these guys would have to be signed to very incentive-laced contracts and if that’s the case, it wouldn’t hurt to give them a shot for a very low price.

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