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Nov 9, 2012 8:10pm
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MIAMI —The Miami Marlins are counting on excitable Ozzie Guillen to have a
calming influence on quarrelsome Carlos Zambrano. Ed Reed Jersey . The plan may sound crazy,
but say this for the Marlins: Theyve become harder to ignore. Their latest
off-season move was approved Thursday, when they acquired Zambrano from the
Chicago Cubs for underachieving right-hander Chris Volstad. The Marlins believe
Zambranos career can be resuscitated by pairing him with fellow Venezuelan and
good friend Guillen, the teams new manager. “Ozzie has a long and close
relationship with Carlos,” president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said.
“We went with Ozzie on this one. The bottom line was Ozzie just really, really
felt confident about this deal.” In Chicago, Zambrano was a three-time all-star,
but he also feuded with teammates, management and umpires. The final straw came
Aug. 12, when he was ejected from a game, cleaned out his locker, talked about
retiring and was suspended without pay. In Miami, Beinfest hopes for the best
but will be braced for a repeat. “It would hard for me to say everything is
going to be perfect and incident-free, given the guys history,” Beinfest said.
“It may happen that he has a blowup or two. But Ozzie is very confident he can
help him.” Those meetings on the mound should be entertaining. While managing
the Chicago White Sox, Guillen underwent sensitivity training. On the north side
of town, Zambrano attended anger management sessions. In 2010, Zambrano had a
verbal altercation with then-teammate Derrek Lee, then dined that night with
Guillen. “Look for Zambrano to pitch well in 2012,” former White Sox outfielder
Jermaine Dye tweeted. “Ozzie will have him in check in Miami.” As part of the
trade, the Marlins will pay US$2.55 million of Zambranos $18-million salary this
year. The Cubs are responsible for the rest but were willing to foot the bill
because they werent optimistic relations with Zambrano could be patched up.
“Every player that I talked to articulated to me that Carlos had really violated
their trust,” new Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. “When
youre talking about physical altercations with teammates repeatedly, when youre
talking about physically walking out on the team, its very hard to then have
that player come back into the clubhouse and be trusted.” Volstad has a career
record of 32-39 with a 4.59 ERA in 11 big league seasons. He was originally the
Marlins first-round pick in 2005. “Weve all been a little bit baffled by some of
Chris inconsistencies,” Beinfest said. Volstad is arbitration-eligible for the
first time this winter, and his contract status made him appealing to the Cubs.
“The calculus became for us: Would we rather spend that $18 million on one
season of Carlos and try to make it work with him here?” Epstein said. “In the
best-case scenario even if it did work, hed be leaving at the end of the year as
a free agent. Or, if we were going to have to spend that money anyway as a sum
cost, would we rather spend it on a 25-year-old that we can put in our rotation
and control for three seasons? That made a lot of sense.” From the Marlins
standpoint, if they can get Zambrano to settle down, the deal might be a steal.
He went only 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA last year, but hes just 30 and could benefit
from the change in scenery. His career record is 125-81, all with the Cubs from
2001 to 2011, and three times he finished in the top five in NL Cy Young Award
balloting. Beinfest said Zambrano lost a few miles per hour off his fastball
last season, but Marlins scouts were impressed when they watched the
right-hander pitch in winter ball in Venezuela. “Were confident his
competitiveness and experience will help carry him if the stuff is down a little
bit,” Beinfest said. Zambrano joins a rotation that also includes left-hander
Mark Buehrle, former NL ERA champion Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco and
Anibal Sanchez. Johnson, whose 2011 season was curtailed by right shoulder
inflammation, is expected to begin throwing off a mound this mouth. Buehrle was
one of three all-star acquired during a December spending spree that
significantly upgraded the perennially overlooked Marlins. They also signed
shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell. “Our expectations are high,”
Beinfest said. “We want to play in October, and we think we have the ballclub to
do it. The pieces weve added have really transformed this team.” The Marlins
might not be done shopping. Beinfest said they remain interested in outfielder
Yoenis Cespedes, a 25-year-old Cuban defector who has yet to be granted
free-agent status. Zambrano waived his no-trade provision along with a
conditional $19.25-million player option for 2013 that could have been exercised
only if he finished among the top four in this years Cy Young Award voting and
was on the active roster for the seasons final 30 days. As part of the trade, he
gets a $100,000 bonus added to his salary this year if he wins comeback player
of the year. The Marlins would be responsible for the bonus. In addition, the
players association and Major League Baseball settled a grievance filed after
the Cubs placed Zambrano on the disqualified list for 30 days without pay in
August. Instead of losing $2,946,429, Zambrano will lose six days pay, or
$589,286, which gains him an additional $2,357,143. Vonta Leach Jersey . – Michael Catenacci had
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. Matusz bruised his nose while bunting during batting practice on Tuesday. He
was supposed to start Wednesday against Pittsburgh, but was moved back in the
rotation to Friday. Torrey Smith Jersey . This week, he and the
rest of the B.C. Lions are looking for redemption against the Hamilton
Tiger-Cats on Friday night. Haloti Ngata Jersey . “It is a big series,”
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “This is September baseball. Youre watching the
scoreboard and its going to be intense. This is why you play the game.” San
Francisco enters the matchup holding a 4 1/2-game advantage on the Dodgers, who
led the division as late as Aug.Its the nature of the CFL - players come from
seemingly out of nowhere to become big time performers. In no other league do
more previous unknowns become household names overnight; it happens every year.
But not all those players can maintain that level of stardom. Sometimes its just
a flash in the pan, sometimes its the precursor to a great career. So do this
years early breakout performers have what it takes to sustain their success and
keep their names in the CFL headlines? A pair of rookies has energized the
ground attacks in Saskatchewan and Hamilton in Kory Sheets and Chevon Walker.
Sheets has scored in each of the Roughriders three wins to open the season and
his 245 rushing yards is second only to Torontos Cory Boyd. Walker has just 10
fewer rushing yards than Sheets and already gained a reputation as a burner. His
opening week 89-yard touchdown run is only the second longest play of his very
early CFL career, usurped by a 95-yard catch-and-run touchdown in Week 2.
Despite their 0-3 start, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have to be happy with at
least two of their players. On offence, rookie pass catcher Chris Matthews leads
the league in receiving yards with 350 – 84 more than his closest competitor –
and has three touchdowns. And while the Bombers have lost some of their luster
on defence from a season ago, second-year DT Bryant Turner has jumped out of the
gate with five sacks. Swaggerville was last year, but Winnipeg may have a new
mayor along the D-line. Solomon Elimimians departure to the NFL left a big hole
in the middle of the B.C. Lions defence. And while Adam Bighill hasnt yet had
the immpact of the Eliminator, hes held his own in the middle early in 2012 and
is certainly softening the blow of losing last years nominee for Most
Outstanding Defensive Player. Jacoby Jones Jersey. Brian Bratton is in a
slightly different category than the rest of this years early breakout players.
The 29-year-old is in his sixth year with the Montreal Alouettes, but hes been
overshadowed by the likes of Jamel Richardson and Ben Cahoon the previous five
seasons. Early returns this year suggest Bratton is breaking out of that shadow,
and being a go-to guy for Anthony Calvillo is a recipe for stardom. The
Argonauts finally landed a quarterback this past off-season, shifting the
concern to the receiving corps and whether itd be able to provide enough
effective targets for Ricky Ray. Rookie Dontrelle Inman – seven catches for 182
yards and two TDs – is working his way towards being one of Rays guys. And while
questions remain about the offence in Edmonton, the defence has been solid,
surrendering only 42 points in three games this season. The Eskimos have two
sophomore defensive tackles that are raising their profiles in Almondo Sewell
and non-import Ted Laurent. The two have combined for 12 tackles and five sacks
in a DT rotation for the green and gold. Across the league, new names pop up
seemingly every week. But just as imperative for these overnight sensations is
prolonging their impacts so a newer name doesnt come along and take their spot.
The Rough asks: Which breakout performer are you most impressed with? And are
these performers simply early-season wonders or names to remember for years to
come? ’ ’ ’ 

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