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Carlos Zambrano Joins Marlins in Trade From Cubs for Volstad

Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Pitcher Carlos Zambrano was traded to the Miami Marlins from the Chicago Cubs, ending 11 years marked by a no-hitter, All-Star appearances, and clashes with teammates and management.

The Marlins said in a statement that they acquired Zambrano for another right-hander, Chris Volstad, and cash. The club also said they re-signed infielder Greg Dobbs to a two-year contract.

The 30-year-old Zambrano, a three-time All-Star, was 125-81 with a 3.60 earned run average with the Cubs from 2001 to 2011.

Zambrano went 9-7 last season before being ejected from an Aug. 12 game against the Atlanta Braves for throwing inside to Chipper Jones after giving up back-to-back home runs and five homers in the game.

The Cubs placed him on the disqualified list the next day, and suspended him for 30 days without pay. Zambrano considered retirement before changing his mind, according to MLB.com.

Chicago will pick up all but $2.5 million of the $18 million Zambrano is owed this year, according to the statement on the Marlins’ website.

Zambrano, who threw a no-hitter in September 2008, was fined by the Cubs the previous season after getting into a dugout fight with Michael Barrett, his catcher, after a poor outing.

With fellow Venezuelan Ozzie Guillen becoming manager this offseason, Zambrano is the Marlins’ latest high-profile player signing, after shortstop Jose Reyes and pitchers Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle.

Volstad, 25, was 32-39 with a 4.59 ERA since making his debut with the Marlins in 2008.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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