Free agent right-hander Carlos Zambrano told reporters, including Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, that he's hoping that his appearance in the World Baseball Classic will help him receive a contract from a major league team.
Zambrano recently started an exhibition game for Team Venezuela against his former club, the Miami Marlins. The big right-hander logged two shutout innings while walking one and striking out two.
Following his appearance, Big Z told reporters that he "felt good" and "strong." He was happy that he was able to keep the ball down, something he mentioned multiple times.
Zambrano spent the 2012 season with the Marlins after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs. From his major league debut in 2001 through the 2010 campaign, Zambrano maintained an ERA of 3.50. Over the past two seasons this mark ballooned to 4.66. Last year with the Marlins, he posted a 4.49 ERA over 35 appearances, including 20 starts, with a 1.27 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Zambrano said he's received multiple offers this offseason, but none have been to his liking as he remains on the free agent market. Earlier this winter he said he'd be willing to sign internationally if he's unable to reach an agreement with a major league team.