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If the Rockies want Scott Kazmir, they can probably have him

Nov 18, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

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Buried in the middle of Troy Renck’s latest Rockies notebook in the Denver Post is this sentence, accompanied by no other details: “Colorado also has interest in Angels starter Scott Kazmir, who had a disappointing season.”

First, calling what Kazmir did this year “a disappointing season” would be like calling me chubby. He had a 5.94 ERA in 28 starts and the one-time flamethrower walked nearly as many batters (79) as he struck out (93).

Second, if the Rockies truly have any kind of “interest” in Kazmir they can almost surely get him from the Angels.

Kazmir is owed $12 million next season and his contract also includes a $13.5 million option or $2.5 million buyout for 2012. Obviously if the Rockies called and offered to simply assume the remainder of Kazmir’s contract Angels general manager Tony Reagins would scream “yes!” before they even had a chance to finish the sentence.

The real question is how much of that $14.5 million Kazmir is still owed are the Rockies willing to assume? And if the answer is “not much” and they’d want the Angels to eat, say, $12.5 million of it, then are they willing to part with something resembling a useful prospect?

Colorado also has interest in Angels starter Scott Kazmir, who had a disappointing season. 

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  1. bc666 - Nov 18, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    That would be a typical Angels GM move. Trade a guy but still be paying the majority of his contract. Just like Gary Matthews Jr. who will be paid $11 million by the Angels for 2011 even though he hasn’t played for them since 2009.

    • jobooo - Nov 18, 2010 at 9:09 PM

      Most people consider it a good thing that Gary Matthews Jr. hasn’t played for the Angels since 2009.

      It’s worth noting here that when the Rays extended him and the Angels traded for him, both were considered pretty good deals. And he performed after moving to the Angels, posting a 1.73 ERA and 1.046 WHIP in 2009. It’s only Kazmir’s own performance in 2010 – and subsequent inability to correct it – that makes his contract look so bad and make him seem a burden. This isn’t GMJ… Kazmir used to be good.

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