Carlos Zambrano signs with Long Island
Multiple media outlets reported Tuesday former big league pitcher Carlos Zambrano has signed with the Long Island Ducks. The Ducks have yet to actually announce anything, but it pretty much sounds like a done deal.
The signing came as news to York Revolution manager Mark Mason, who said before Tuesday’s game the Revs have been in talks with Zambrano over the last couple weeks.
“He’s been in touch with (Revs’ reliever) Juan Rincon,” Mason said. “We were interested but we really don’t have any room.”
Although it was under different circumstances, the Ducks had also signed former big league outfielder Vladimir Guerrero earlier this year after the Revs were in discussions with him on possibly coming to York.
Mason said it also sounds like Zambrano is still building up to be a starting pitcher. That wouldn’t scare off Long Island, who brought in former big leaguer Dontrelle Willis as he continues to build up into a starting role. In his third start for the Ducks on Tuesday, Willis tossed a season-high 6.2 innings, holding Lancaster to two runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
For more information, feel free to check out a detailed blog post on Zambrano from Courier News’ Somerset Patriots’ beat reporter Ryan Dunleavy, who chatted with Zambrano’s agent and caught up with his former teammate and current Patriots’ player Jake Fox.