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“Just a matter of time before the Angels release” Scott Kazmir

Jun 10, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

Scott Kazmir AP

Scott Kazmir turned in another ugly start at Triple-A last night and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that “it now appears to be just a matter of time before the Angels release the struggling left-hander and swallow his $14.5-million contract.”

Kazmir coughed up six runs in 3.2 innings last night, walking five batters and plunking three more, giving him a 15.15 ERA and 13/16 K/BB ratio in four starts at Triple-A.

Sam Miller of the Orange County Register examined Kazmir’s mechanics via some video of his poor Triple-A outings and found that he’s “in completely different positions in each pitch” and his delivery is such a mess that “he finishes off the pitch almost with his back to the batter.”

It seems hard to believe, but Kazmir led the league in strikeouts in 2007 and had a 3.49 ERA with nearly 10 strikeouts per nine innings as recently as 2008. Since then he has a 5.42 ERA in 54 starts and now he seems incapable of even getting Triple-A hitters out despite still being just 27 years old.

  1. spudchukar - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    I ride the Cubs pretty hard about their $140 mil player expenditures, and little production, but the Angels are certainly in their league.

    • purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:14 PM

      I live in Orange County and IMO the Angels have only one problem (but it’s a big one), and that’s a meddling owner who should let capable GM Tony Reagans do his job.

      Here’s just a sampling of what Arte’s meddling has led to:

      * Throwing an extra guaranteed million and an added year at Bartolo Colon to outbid the field. The Angels only got 2 1/2 years out of Colon, albeit one was a Cy Young year (that didn’t lead to a title).

      * Throwing an extra guaranteed million and an added year at aging, declining Torii Hunter to outbid the field.

      * Retaining incompetent former GM Bill Stone-less on a huge three year “management consultant” contract to provide a set of training wheels for Tony Reagan. Stone-less’ last act? Signing Gary Matthews Jr. to a $50M, 5 year deal.

      * Inserting himself into the Texeira contract negotiations and then getting pantsed and schooled by Scott Bor-ass. Now he’s in grudge mode which cost Reagans any chance that he might have had last offseason in signing Bor-ass client Adrian Beltre.

      * Establishing a “take it or leave it” policy of bidding on free agents (again due to the bad taste left in his mouth when Texeira signed with the Yankees), which cost the Angels Carl Crawford last offseason (who has said that he would have preferred signing with the Angels if a competitive deal had been offered), which in turn led to the very dump panic trade for Vernon Wells.

      Not only are the Angels faced with a decision to eat the $14M remaining on Kazmir’s contract, but it looks as if aging Tony Abreu’s $9.5M option for next season is also going to automatically vest now too.

      Of course, Kendrys Morales career now is in serious doubt too. What the Angels badly need is to write the check for Albert Pujois at the end of this season. There’s a lot less risk in giving him a long term contract than for any NL teams because of course the AL has the DH.

      • jamie54 - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM

        Don’t know about Reagans but the rest about Moreno is certainly true. And Abreau is starting to look like the Michelin Man, lots of donuts around the middle.

      • purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 3:01 PM

        jamie… Reagans is highly regarded as being a good baseball man, but his hands have been tied, first by Stone-less, and now by meddling owner Arte. Personally I think that he was told by Arte to make the Wells deal, as there’s no way the owner isn’t involved when it comes to assuming a $23M annual contract that has four guaranteed years left on it.

        In addition, it’s a poorly kept secret that as a former catcher manager Scioscia couldn’t stand Napoli’s defense behind the plate and wanted him moved, and that he also was no fan of Rivera either. The Wells deal, like the other things mentioned in my earlier post have Arte’s fingerprints all over it.

        What I have to chuckle at though is all of the media accolades that were heaped down on Stone-less for building such a strong Angel minor league system that frankly hasn’t produced much other than former #1 draft pick Jeff Weaver and Howie Kendrick.

        Stone-less’ precious can’t miss, untouchable former top Angel prospects? Dallas Mc Pherson, Casey Kochman, Brandon Wood and Jeff Mathis. Now there’s a nucleus to build a winner out of if ever I saw one!!!

  2. purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    The second that that Angels DFA Kazmir and he clears waivers and is officially released, the new cheap, pitching starved Yankees will be all over him like flies on dung.

  3. garryfish - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    That’s what I thought. The Yankees will take a flyer on him. Nothing to lose, everything to gain

    • henryd3rd - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:22 PM

      Larry Rothchild has worked wonders with two washed up arm weary hurlers, i. e. Bartolo Colon and Freddie Garcia so why wouldn’t they take a chance on a 27 year old lefty? Plus they would not be on the hook for the remaining $14,500,000 on Kazmir’s contract

      • purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:37 PM

        Not really. Freddie Garcia was an effective 5th starter for the White Sox last season up until he broke down again in the dog days of August. Same Freddie; different team this year.

        Rothchild has little to do with Colon’s success thusfar this year either; thanks to successful experimental stem cell treatments, Colon’s just healthy for the first time in a couple of years.

        What Rothchild does bring to the Yankees staff though is the “dreaded ex-Cub factor”. His ex-Cub mojo has already rubbed off on Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. Who’s next?

  4. henryd3rd - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Angels GM Tony Reagins must be having sleepless nights after one looks at some of his acquisitions This man’s record leads me to believe that he must be the greatest salesman this side of the Rocky Mountains. How else can you explain how he keeps his job. First the Kazmir trade and then taking on that humungous contract of Vernon Wells? That contract alone got J. P. Ricciardi fired in Toronto.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    No, we don’t want Kazmir, and we’ve given up on this course after Millwood.

  6. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 10, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Its funny my first thought on seeing that headline was that the second part should read “just a matter of time until the Yankees sign him”, but alas everyone beat me to it.

  7. purnellmeagrejr - Jun 10, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    The Mets will offer Victor Zambrano in trade.

    • JBerardi - Jun 10, 2011 at 7:11 PM

      Give the Rays credit, they scored huge on the trade that brought him in, AND the trade that shipped his ass out. Well played.

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