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Zambrano dealt to Marlins for RHP Chris Volstad

The Chicago Cubs continued to rebuild their pitching staff with the acquisition of Miami Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad for volatile righty Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano waived his no-trade clause and will join friend and countryman Ozzie Guillen in Miami after 11 seasons and 125 wins with the North Siders.

The dependable 25-year-old Volstad has a career record of 32-39 with a 4.59 ERA in parts of four major league seasons. The former first-rounder struggled in 29 starts with the Marlins last year, but finished strong after a brief demotion to Triple-A. Volstad, who will not be a free agent until after the 2014 season, joins Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells and the newly acquired Travis Wood in the Cubs 2012 rotation.

Read the full press release below:

CHICAGO The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad from the Miami Marlins for right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano and a cash consideration.

Volstad, 25, is 32-39 with a 4.59 ERA (298 ER/584.0 IP) in 103 major league appearances (102 starts) with the Marlins the last four seasons (2008-11).  The 6-foot-8, 230-pound righthander has made at least 29 starts for the Marlins each of the last three years, including a career-best 30 starts in 2010 when he went 12-9 with a 4.58 ERA (89 ER/175.0 IP).

Originally selected by the Marlins in the first round (16th overall) of the 2005 Draft out of high school, Volstad made his major league debut with the Marlins midway through the 2008 campaign at the age of 21, going 6-4 with a 2.88 ERA (27 ER/84.1 IP) in 15 big league outings, 14 as a starting pitcher his rookie season.  He made his first major league Opening Day roster in 2009 and went 9-13 with a 5.21 ERA (92 ER/159.0 IP) in 29 starts during his first full big league season that year.  Volstad followed up with his strongest full major league campaign in 2010.

Volstad went 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA (90 ER/165.2 IP) in 29 starts last year with the Marlins.  He finished strong by posting a 2.41 ERA (10 ER/37.1 IP) in his final six starts, allowing two earned runs or less in each of his final six outings while tossing at least six innings in five of those starts.  Volstad began the season with the big league club but was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on July 23.  He was recalled to the big leagues on August 12 and, despite going winless, posted a 3.48 ERA (21 ER/54.1 IP) in nine starts upon his return to the majors.

A native of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Volstad graduated from Palm Beach Gardens High School in 2005.

Zambrano departs the Cubs with a 125-81 record and a 3.60 ERA (731 ER/1,826.2 IP) in 319 appearances, 282 as a starter, in 11 seasons (2001-11).  He went 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA (78 ER/145.2 IP) in 24 starts for the Cubs last year before being placed on the disqualified list on August 13, missing the remainder of the season.

Originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on July 12, 1997, Zambrano holds the franchise record with 23-career home runs as a pitcher.

Hot off the presses: January 2012 Vine Line

The New Year signals a new era for Cubs faithful. We’ve got a new front office, some new players and a new reason to celebrate.

The first Vine Line issue of 2012 salutes the life and career of Cubs great and newly minted Hall of Famer Ron Santo. Thanks to a vote from the Veterans Committee, the iconic third baseman finally earned his rightful place alongside teammates Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams in Cooperstown. Baseball Prospectus’ Jay Jaffe explains why the nine-time All Star and five-time Gold Glover not only deserved his enshrinement long ago, but also might be the sixth or seventh best third basemen of all time. Vine Line subscribers also get a one-of-a-kind, commemorative tear-out poster of Santo and his Hall of Fame teammates.

Although the weather might be a bit chilly for baseball, we also get back on the field in this issue with a look at the Cubs first moves of the Hot Stove season, the signing of outfielder David DeJesus and the trade for third baseman Ian Stewart. These moves say a lot about what the new Cubs brain trust values and where the team is headed in the future.

“I tend to like [well-rounded] players. The totality of their contributions can be equal to or more than the player who does one thing extremely well,” Epstein said. “If we have a club full of well-rounded players, we’re going to far exceed the expectations because the subtle contributions really add up.”

Finally, Cubs.com’s Carrie Muskat talks to right-hander Andrew Cashner about what he’s doing this offseason to prepare the help the team in 2012. After an injury plagued 2011, Cashner is feeling strong and ready to go–no matter which role the Cubs ask him to play.

You’ll find these stories and more in our January issue. If you want to be part of all the exciting Cubs action in 2012, subscribe to Vine Line today. And watch for our minor league prospectus issue in February, profiling the top talent rising through the Cubs farm system.

Bosio accepts job as Cubs pitching coach

The Cubs continued to fill out their 2012 coaching staff over the weekend, as Chris Bosio accepted new manager Dale Sveum’s offer to become the Cubs’ next pitching coach. Prior to joining the Cubs, Bosio worked with Sveum in the Brewers organization, where he served as pitching coach  for the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Nashville. Bosio, who pitched in the major leagues for 11 seasons with Milwaukee and Seattle, joins hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, new bench coach Jamie Quirk and bullpen coach Lester Strode on the Cubs’ retooled coaching staff.

Last week, Cubs President Theo Epstein said he plans to announce most of the new coaching staff this week at the winter meetings in Dallas.

Inside the search: Sandy Alomar Jr. addresses reporters

Last Friday, the Cubs interviewed former big league catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. for the managerial job, concluding meetings with four candidates that team brass suggested may encompass the set they talk to. If you missed the video over the weekend on Cubs.com, click the image above for another Vine Line look inside the manager search, and subscribe for your insider’s pass to the new era at Wrigley Field.

The field: Sandy Alomar Jr., Pete Mackanin, Dale Sveum and Mike Maddux.

Inside the search: Mike Maddux answers questions from the media

Continuing the intensive interview process to find the next manager, the Cubs talked to current Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux over the last two days. The elder brother of former Cubs pitcher Greg then fielded questions from the media about family, key decisions facing the club and working with the new front office. Click the image above for another Vine Line video inside the manager search, and subscribe for your insider’s pass to the new era at Wrigley Field.

Cubs Convention passes go on sale at 10 a.m. Central

Don’t miss your chance to hear from the new Cubs baseball leadership yourself: Cubs Convention individual passes go on sale this morning at 10 a.m. Central.

New President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein will communicate his vision directly to fans and take questions. Current and former Cubs players and coaches also will be on hand for a variety of panels on the past, present and future of the organization. And the same great autograph and photo opportunities make for baseball’s ultimate offseason celebration.

The 2012 Convention will feature enhanced layouts and new family-friendly exhibits, including an interactive baseball area hosted by the Illinois Baseball Academy, a gaming zone and the LEGOLAND Discovery Zone.

More info: The 27th annual Cubs Convention will take place on Friday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Ave.).

Inside the search: Pete Mackanin talks to the media

The newest Vine Line video brings you snippets from Pete Mackanin’s session with the Chicago media after his interview with Cubs brass. Mackanin currently is bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies. Get an insider’s look into the search by clicking the picture above.

 

Cubs announce that Mike Quade will not be back in 2012

This afternoon, the Cubs organization released a statement that there will be a managerial change under the new Theo EpsteinJed Hoyer regime that began last week. Below is the full release:

CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein this afternoon released the following statement after traveling to Florida to inform manager Mike Quade that he would not return to the club for the 2012 season.

“Jed Hoyer and I had an all-day meeting with Mike last Thursday at Wrigley Field, and Mike and I continued our dialogue with a lengthy phone conversation yesterday after the press conference. Today, I flew to Florida to inform Mike in person that the Cubs have decided not to bring him back as our manager for the 2012 season.

“When I joined the Cubs last week, I knew that Mike had a reputation as an outstanding baseball guy, as a tireless worker, and as a first-rate human being. After spending some time with him this past week, it became apparent to me that Mike’s reputation is well deserved. His passion, knowledge of the game, commitment, and integrity stood out immediately. While Mike is clearly an asset to any organization and any major league staff, Jed and I believe that the Cubs would benefit long-term from bringing in a manager for 2012 who can come in with a clean slate and offer new direction.

“The managerial search process begins immediately. We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success. The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standards and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.

“I want to thank Mike for his nine years of excellent service to the Cubs, and we certainly wish him well in the future.”

1000 Words: Dream Team

Theo Epstein talks about how Jason McLeod (left) and Jed Hoyer will be key to turning the Cubs into baseball’s best organization. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Watch the press conference with Hoyer/McLeod LIVE on MLB.com

Beginning at 3 p.m. CT, MLB.com will host a free, live web feed of today’s press conference to introduce Jed Hoyer as EVP/GM and Jason McLeod as SVP/Player Development and Scouting.

Click here to watch. Plus, don’t forget to check out our exclusive offseason coverage in Vine Line.

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