Fish unlikely to trade for Big Z, might try James Shields

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There’s been quite a bit of talk about the Marlins having interest in bringing aboard troubled Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano. One report even stated that new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had contacted Big Z directly about a potential trade.

But it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Marlins’ higher-ups aren’t bullish on the idea of taking on Zambrano’s hefty contract, which carries an $18 million salary for 2012 and a $19.25 million vesting option for 2013. They’re also not convinced that he can bounce back from a 2011 campaign that saw him post a career-worst 4.82 ERA across 24 starts.

The Fish would rather channel their resources into a trade for Rays right-hander James Shields, who registered a 2.82 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 225/65 K/BB ratio over 33 starts in 2011. His current deal is also far more affordable. Olney believes that outfielder Logan Morrison could be dangled in talks with Tampa.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.

Ervin Santana gets Opening Day nod from Twins again

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Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.

The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.

Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.