August 8, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Carlos Zambrano (38) signs autographs for fans before a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies Sign Pitcher Carlos Zambrano

When you lose a talent like Roy Halladay, finding a replacement isn’t easy.

Case in point? The Philadelphia Phillies newest acquisition.

Attempting to find a diamond in the rough, the Phillies signed Carlos Zambrano to a minor league contract this morning, this according to Ken Rosenthal.

Source: #Phillies, Zambrano agree to minor-league deal.

Zambrano, who last pitched for the Miami Marlins had recently come to terms with the independent Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League but never reported, most likely because the Phillies came calling before he could.

The contract contains a July 1 opt-out date, assuming Zambrano isn’t called up by that time.

The volatile pitcher spent parts of 11 seasons in the Windy City pitching for the Chicago Cubs before being traded to the Marlins last season where he struggled with a 4.49 ERA in 35 games, 20 of them starts.

A three-time All-Star, Zambrano brings with him a solid career record of 132-91 complete with a 3.66 ERA in 1,959 big league innings, though, he hasn’t had much success on a diamond since 2010.

Either way – there’s very little risk for the Phillies. The contract is minimal (not to mention safe, given it’s a minor-league deal) and if for some crazy reason Zambrano was to turn it around, the Phillies could find themselves a serviceable arm on the cheap.

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