New Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has talked by phone with Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano about the possibility of Zambrano pitching in South Florida next season, according to a report in the Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional.
Zambrano has one year remaining on his original five-year, $91 million extension with the Cubs. He is owed $17.885 million in 2012 and could only go to the Marlins if he were traded or released.
Despite the Cubs-White Sox rivalry, Guillen and Zambrano, both Venezuelan natives, built a close personal relationship during Guillen’s time as White Sox manager.
After Zambrano’s dugout blowup at teammate Derrek Lee at U.S. Cellular Field in June of 2010, Guillen counseled Zambrano over dinner at a downtown restaurant. Zambrano was suspended after that incident, and then again in 2011 after storming out of the ballpark after a rough outing in Atlanta.