With the impending sale of the team, Zambrano had to wait on an official offer, even though the two sides had agreed to specific terms during Spring Training. However, it is believed that Zambrano earned himself an extra $10 million from the deal in the spring, after going 14-9 with a 3.86 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 168 innings.
At age 26, Zambrano already has 78 career wins, which is 5 more than Tom Glavine had at that age and the same as Roger Clemens. He is also a solid strikeout pitcher, achieving 200 strikeouts in a season twice already. Zambrano will anchor a very good staff, which also includes Ted Lilly, Rich Hill, Sean Marshall and Jason Marquis.