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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Marlins Alert: Carlos Zambrano traded for Chris Volstad

The Cubs have traded starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad.

The Cubs will pay most of Zambrano’s $18 million contract for 2012.

The deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com and is pending physical exams for both players.

Because Zambrano has a no-trade clause, he needs to give final approval, although a source says that hurdle has basically been cleared.

It also needs approval by the commissioner’s office because of the large sum of money involved.

Zambrano, 30, went 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA in 24 starts last season. He joins a starting rotation that would include ace Josh Johnson, newly-acquired Mark Buehrle, Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco.

Volstad, 25, went 5-13 with 4.89 ERA in 29 starts for the Marlins in 2011.

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