Victor Zambrano had one major need: a team willing to give him some more time. He is eight months removed from surgery to repair his right elbow and will likely need most of Spring Training to continue his rehabilitation. On Tuesday, the Blue Jays decided to take a chance on Zambrano, signing the 31-year-old right-hander to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training. Toronto knows Zambrano probably won't be able to join the group of pitchers battling for one of the last available rotation spots this spring, but that wasn't the club's expectation in the first place. "Obviously, he's going to need a little more time, " Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. "But by the time Spring Training is over, he'll be 10 months removed [from surgery] and we'll have a better idea of where he's at at that point. It's just a chance on a guy with a good arm. Hopefully, he's coming back."
Zambrano Signs With Toronto