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Carlos Zambrano points sky after striking out Paul Konerko end 5th inning Cross Town Classic series pitting Chicago Cubs Chicago

Carlos Zambrano points to the sky after striking out Paul Konerko to end the 5th inning of the Cross Town Classic series pitting the Chicago Cubs at the Chicago White Sox Monday June 20, 2011 at US Cellular Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: November 15, 2011 10:06AM



Carlos Zambrano, the pending ex-Cub pitcher, and Ozzie Guillen, the freshly ex-White Sox manager, recently talked by phone about fulfilling widespread speculation about Zambrano pitching for the Miami Marlins and their new manager, according to a report in Venezuelan publication El Nacional.

Guillen told the Sun-Times on the day he was named Marlins manager last week that he had talked with front-office officials about some potentially available players from Chicago, presumably including Zambrano, a longtime family friend of the Guillens.

Zambrano, who cleaned out his locker and quit on the team in August after a bad start in Atlanta, has not pitched for the team since. Initially, he was suspended without pay. Then he was sent home for the remainder of the season as part of an agreement reached with the players union.

Zambrano still has one year and $18 million left on his contract, but Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said he doesn’t envision Zambrano pitching for the team again.

The Venezuelan report suggested the Cubs might release Zambrano, 30, in exchange for deferring some of the money owed.

Not only has that not been addressed by the Cubs, but no movement on Zambrano is anticipated until a new general manager is hired and until a union grievance over the $3 million in unpaid 2011 salary is resolved.

Guillen long has said publicly that Zambrano could pitch for him, and he said his friend would pitch well for him.

Zambrano (9-7, 4.82 this season) recently put his River Forest home on the market.



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