JUPITER, Fla. -- Carlos Zambrano kept coming back to the same thing.
"I'm just happy to be here," Zambrano said, on his first day of work with the Marlins. "I'm just happy."
Zambrano's first day of spring was certainly less eventful than it would have been had he remained with the Cubs, where he would have had to answer to teammates and to others about his troubled Cubs career, including his outburst and "retirement" last August. With the January trade that sent Zambrano to the Marlins, the Cubs became part of his past, although not a forgotten part.
"I do apologize for all the things, but in my head and in my heart, I wanted to do good," Zambrano said. "They're good fans there. They deserve a championship in Chicago."
Zambrano said he's happy with the Marlins because Miami is closer to his native Venezuela, and because of the city's large Latin American population.
He's also close with manager Ozzie Guillen.
"If there was anybody who could keep him on the right track, I think it would be Ozzie," new teammate Mark Buehrle said Wednesday.
For now, there's no work to do.
For now, Zambrano is just happy to be here.