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Phillies Sign Carlos Zambrano to Minor League Contract

With Roy Halladay and John Lannan out, the Phillies are looking for options.

Fifth starter come June?
Fifth starter come June?

The Phillies signed starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano to a minor league contract earlier today. In 20 starts with the Marlins last year, Zambrano had a 4.49 ERA but a 1.50 WHIP. Looking deeper, he had a 4.84 xFIP and 0.7 fWAR.

As this is a minor league deal, I see no downside whatsoever. And hey, he might be able to pinch hit late in games. Over the past three seasons, Zambrano has posted a .246/.267/.354 line, good for a 66 OPS+. That's 16 points higher than Ben Revere's 2013 OPS+ currently sits.