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Angels acquire Kazmir from Tampa

Posted on: August 28, 2009 4:52 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2009 11:05 pm

The Los Angeles Angels acquired left-handed starter Scott Kazmir from Tampa Bay for two minor leaguers, left-handed pitcher Alex Torres and third baseman Matt Sweeney, and a player to be named later on Friday, immediately strengthening their rotation for the stretch run.

Rarely have the Angels been short of pitching over the past several years, but in a twist, while they ranked second in the majors to the Yankees with 713 runs scored entering the weekend, their 4.87 team ERA ranked 26th in the majors. The Angels' rotation, which has been battered by injuries throughout the year, ranks 11th in the American League with a 4.96 ERA.

The move comes after Kazmir, 25, produced a fine start in Toronto for the Rays on Wednesday, allowing one earned run on four hits in a no-decision. Still, it's been a very disappointing season for Kazmir, who is 8-7 with a 5.92 ERA in 20 starts for the Rays. Opponents are batting .273 against him after hitting only .220 against him last year. His ERA has been over 6.00 all summer until now.

While a somewhat surprising move for Tampa Bay given that the Rays are attempting to hang in there in the AL wild-card race, the move would off-load $22.5 million guaranteed to Kazmir through 2012  and give them some maneuverability in other areas, such as picking up outfielder Carl Crawford's $10 million option.

The Rays are not exactly viewing this as waving the white flag, either. They can replace Kazmir in their rotation with Andy Sonnanstine, who won several big games last fall, or rookie Wade Davis. Both are pitching at Triple-A Durham right now. Davis' ceiling is very high, and some scouts expected him to be recalled to the Rays before even David Price this season.

According to a clause in his contract, Kazmir is owed an extra $800,000 if traded.

Kazmir would join John Lackey, Jered Weaver, Ervin Santana and Joe Saunders in a rotation that is healthier than it's been all summer. Being that he's signed through 2011 (with a $13.5 million club option for 2012), Kazmir also gives the Angels some insurance against Lackey leaving as a free agent this winter. If he does, the Angels still would have Kazmir, Santana and Saunders, among others, for 2010.

Kazmir, who cleared waivers before the deal, is eligible for postseason play because he was traded before Aug. 31.


Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2009 5:45 pm

Angels acquire Kazmir from Tampa

Believe it or not, this is a great move by the Rays. Kazmir has been overrated for all these years. His career high in W's is 13, he struck out 200+ only once and he's been hurt every season except 2007. What the Rays did was decide who was more valuable  to the franchise, Kazmir or Carl Crawford. I'd say Crawford. Crawford has also been a little overrated, but at least he does what's expected from him night in night out which is to get on base, steal some bases and play some defense. The guy is a career .300 hitter, he averages at least 50 SB's and most importantly, he plays everyday. Still have doubts, let's put it this way; who would you rather pay 22 mil, Kazmir or Crawford? I'd say Crawford. Besides, the Rays have good prospects in there minor league systems who could win at least 10 games in the big leagues. Example, Jeff Niemann. The guy was great in college and right now leads the Rays in W's. He's been solid, doesn't waste too many pitches or walk too many batters and can pitch 7 to 8 innings because of it. So I really think this was the right time to trade Kaz, the Rays were patient enough with him.

Since: Aug 4, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2009 4:57 pm

Angels acquire Kazmir from Tampa

The Rays must not think Kasmir can turn things around. He hasn't pitched as well this season and his ERA is way up.He is only 25 and I though he was to be a big part of their rotation. They must see something they dont like. Maybe their making room for something else down the road. I think Kasmir can turn the corner and be a good solid part of the Angels rotation

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2009 4:17 pm

Angels acquire Kazmir from Tampa

This is hard to fathom. The Rays have completely changed their persona the last couple of years, mostly through Joe Madden. I'm a huge Sox fan but really admire and respect Madden.
I don't see how anyone could reasonably argue this is a fair deal. Maybe the Rays felt Kazmir was expendable with Sonnanstine and Davis waiting in the wings, but they recieved nothing of value in return, and while the Angels upgraded, the Rays did not at all, at least not for this season. They strenthened an American League rival (memo to the Rays: you just don't do that).
And with perception being reality, this will only damage the morale of a frail fanbase. Can someone explain to me why they didn't wait to deal him after the season? Why the need to pull the trigger now? This may very well be an inaffordable, unexcusable step backwards for the organization. How they gonna feel if Kazmir beats them in a playoff game this year.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2009 2:05 pm

Angels acquire Kazmir from Tampa

I think this is a great move for both teams:

First Angels get a good pitcher who is struggling this year but could fix it especially with the run support.

The Rays get to unload cap on an injury prone pticher who is having a down year so they can pick up Crawfrods option very smart by both.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2009 1:53 pm

Angels acquire Kazmir from Tampa

Great Move! I just hope this doesn't mean Big John Is going to Leave

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2009 1:39 pm

Angels acquire Kazmir from Tampa

Just an observation, but doesn't Texas have to make the playoffs before they can make the WS?  Last I checked, they are 5+ games behind the Angels who just got better.  Huh?  Go figure that one out....

Since: Aug 27, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2009 12:47 pm

Angels acquire Kazmir from Tampa

I am curious to why a kid with such great potential is traded for NOTHING all the time! the Mets gave him away for a guy who never touched the field for them and another waste in zambrano!


Do they know something we do not?



Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2009 10:50 am

Angels acquire Kazmir from Tampa

Some people just dont get it...allow me to enlighten you.
Kazmir got past 12 other teams because he has a huge contract, he's been average at best all year, and no one who is not in the playoff hunt is going to pick him up.
Not sure where people are getting the "he's not going to help against the Yankees or Red Sox", I guess a 4-0 record against the Sox and Yanks with 24-2/3 innings pitched wont help at all for a team that cant beat either of those teams in the playoffs.
Oh yeah, Friedman sucks soooo bad as a GM. By getting rid of Kaz's enormous salary, he can extend Crawford's deal, since he's your best player (including longoria) and probly sign a couple free agents in the offseason to make your team better....I know your team hasnt been around too long yet, so I guess we can expect you fans to know much about baseball, so dont comment on things you dont understand. Go back to beach and work on your tans

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2009 10:40 am

Angels acquire Kazmir from Tampa

It's a good deal for both teams, but the Angels are definitely getting the better end. Kazmir has been a BoSox killer this year beating them twice in their own yard. The Angels are like 0-16 against the BoSox in the playoffs the last 3-4 years. If Lackey leaves, they have a replacement ace. If he stays, they have the best rotation in the bigs by far when healthy: (Lackey, Kazmir, Santana, Weaver, Saunders). That's 16+ game winners in a rotation...nice! As for Tampa, it's not giving up to get a good price for a commodity when it has value. As a small market club they need to develop youth, and then sell/trade it to the big market teams for more prospects to stay competitive. In this case they also get to trade Kazmir's salary (which they only get to use every 5 games) to sign Crawford and a few others every day spots. They have lots of pitching talent at the minor-league level they need to make room for. They are only 3.5 games out and one arm won't make the difference. The whole team needs to rally. I doubt they are going to top Boston or Texas for that spot. We'll see.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2009 10:31 am

Angels acquire Kazmir from Tampa

shocked? he is on the hook for about 12 million over the next year and a half and a 8-7 record with a e.r.a over 5 is not much to write home about and deal with his question is why do thee rays get another 3rd baseman?....longoria shifting somewhere? i doubt it

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