Carlos Zambrano isn't back in the big leagues yet, but he's one step closer after agreeing to a minor-league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.
FOX Sports first reported the Zambrano deal.
The Phillies need a fifth starter in the rotation, and Zambrano could be used to fill that turn on May 21.
Zambrano, 31, was out of baseball and had agreed Monday to a contract with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. He did not sign that contract.
He has a 132-91 record and 3.66 ERA in a career that began with the Chicago Cubs in 2001. The Cubs dealt the volatile right-hander to the Miami Marlins before the 2012 season. He went 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA and had 75 walks and hit 10 batters in 132 1/3 innings over 35 games.