Foxsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Angels are close to acquiring Tampa’s #1 starter, LHP Scott Kazmir.
As a Yanks fan that has watched his team lose to Anaheim time and again in the regular season and the playoffs, this isn’t great news. The only silver lining in this dark cloud is that Kazmir is oft-injured and inconsistent so maybe (just maybe) he goes out west and provides the same 50-50 flip-of-a-coin inconsistency for the Angels that he’s been giving Tampa all these years.
What I want to know is why Tampa is cashing out of the playoff race now, when they could’ve gotten more for Kazmir during the non-waiver trading deadline. Sure, Tampa has prospects in Hudson Valley (Short Season A-ball), Montgomery (AA) and Durham (AAA). But I’m surprised they’d give up on ’09 when they’re still in the Wild Card hunt…especially with Boston coming to town for a key three-game series next week.
For all the ass-kissing of the Tampa franchise over the past 18 months or so, I have to say this move makes no sense to me. They’re a well-run franchise but they too are not infallible (despite what the chubby in Peter Gammons’s pants says). Yeah, you could say that I’ve grown to dislike them.
Update 4:50: SI.com’s John Heyman is also reporting this trade so it seems even more like a done deal. Heyman is saying that the Rays will get back Double-A LHP Alexander Torres and High-A 3B Matthew Sweeney. Interestingly, Heyman says that either Wade Davis or Andy Sonnanstine will take Kazmir’s spot in the rotation. I get Wade Davis; he’s pretty solid. Sonnanstine, however, well, I’ll just be diplomatic and say that he’s not quite up to MLB snuff…
Update 5:30: MLB.com is reporting that this deal fell through. Oh well.
-Posted by MJ