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Sunday May 12th, 2013

Any deal for Carlos Zambrano to the Phillies is premature says their GM. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Any deal for Carlos Zambrano to the Phillies is premature says their GM. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Phillies are in desperate need of some pitching help with Roy Halladay and John Lannan both on the disabled list.

The team could be looking at Carlos Zambrano, but the team isn't close to signing him yet, reports Comcast SportsNet Philly.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admits the team would take a look at Zambrano but any signing in the near future is “ridiculously premature." The team doesn't currently have a fifth starter and are 16-21 on the season. The pitching staff is 25th in the majors in ERA.

Zambrano, 31, is a former All-Star with the Chicago Cubs. His career has been marred by discipline problems and inconsistent pitching. He has a career 132-91 record with a 3.67 ERA and 1637 strikeouts. Zambrano spent the last two months of the 2012 season pitching out of the Miami Marlins' bullpen after being a starter for most of his career.

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