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Postby Mookie4ever » Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:58 pm ... ejays.html

Blue Jays ink pitcher Victor Zambrano
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 | 12:36 PM ET
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The Toronto Blue Jays have added Victor Zambrano to their growing list of starting pitcher hopefuls for 2007.

General manager J.P. Ricciardi signed the former New York Mets right-hander to a minor-league contract on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training on Feb. 16 in Dunedin, Fla.

Victor Zambrano made five starts for the Mets last season before he was diagnosed with a torn flexor muscle.
(Julie Jacobson/Associated Press) Zambrano, who won 12 games for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2003, made five starts for the Mets last season before he came out of a May 6 game and was diagnosed with a torn flexor muscle.

"We've always liked his arm," Ricciardi told the Canadian Press. "We like that he's pitched in the AL [American League] East [with Tampa Bay] with some success.

"There's still some rehab that needs to go on, but we sent someone to Venezuela and it looks like he's coming back."

Zambrano, 31, could be ready to pitch for the Blue Jays by mid-season and help out a starting rotation led by Roy Halladay, A.J. Burnett and Gustavo Chacin.

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Zambrano would battle newcomers John Thomson and Tomo Ohka, along with Casey Janssen, Shaun Marcum, Dustin McGowan and Ty Taubenheim, for the final two spots.

"What we're trying to do is have lots of veterans around to carry the load and make the kids force our hand," Ricciardi said.

Zambrano, 31, posted a 1-2 record last season with a 6.75 earned-run average prior to elbow surgery on May 15.

He is a career 45-41 in 174 games, including 96 starts, with the Devil Rays and Mets.

Zambrano's best season was 2003 when he went 12-10 with a 4.21 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 188 1/3 innings pitched.

Zambrano is also known as the player the Mets obtained in the trade that sent promising young left-hander Scott Kazmir to Tampa Bay.

In other Blue Jays news, Ricciardi said he has made progress in salary arbitration cases involving outfielders Alex Rios and Reed Johnson plus lefty Scott Downs.

JP is definitely going for quantity over quality. :-°
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Postby mweir145 » Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:03 pm

I posted this last night in the FA watch thread because I felt I had already posted enough of these minor Jays signings over the past few months. There have certainly been a ton of them. :-b

Anyways, another nice low risk move. With all of these options for #4-5 guys in the rotation, it really looks like we won't have the same kind of major problem as last year in that area. Syracuse will also finally have a good team this year, too. And if he actually happens to pitch well in some form for us, we actually have the club option of keeping him next year. It's a good clause to have, I'm not sure why Zambrano agreed to it.

He actually did pitch relatively well from 2003-2005 though, so you never know, he could end up pitching for us.
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Postby Doughhead » Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:10 pm

I would have preferred Carlos, but as they say, you can never have too much crappy pitching. ;-)
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