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Mets will send scout to watch Scott Kazmir throw

Feb 16, 2012, 1:48 AM EDT


Scott Kazmir isn’t getting a lot of attention from teams as he attempts to make a comeback, and understandably so.

He hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 3 of last season, when he lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up five runs for the Angels. Before that, he had fallen off badly after the Tampa Bay Rays traded him to Los Angeles in 2009.

He’s getting a little bit of attention now, however, from his original team, reports the New York Daily News.

The Mets planned to send a scout to a scheduled showcase in Houston for the team’s former top draft pick, Scott Kazmir, a club insider said Wednesday.

The story contains no quotes from the Mets’ “club insider,” but this is probably little more than a courtesy call. Kazmir hasn’t been good in a long time. Then again, the Mets don’t have a whole lot to lose just by looking.

The Mets drafted Kazmir in the first round in 2002, then sent the promising young left-hander to Tampa Bay in what became a notorious trade (from a Mets perspective) for mediocre veteran Victor Zambrano in 2004. It would be a heck of a story for Kazmir to make a triumphant return to New York, but it’s probably more likely that a point guard from Harvard will come out of nowhere to light up the NBA pigs will learn to fly.

A minor-league deal with a spring training invite is about the best Kazmir can hope for at this point.

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  1. sdelmonte - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:39 AM

    While what the Mets got for Kazmir made the trade a bad one, I still feel that the idea of trading him when they could was valid. Their people clearly saw the downside that has become the main part of his career.

    • bbk1000 - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:57 AM

      The main part of his career? This guy had an ERA under 3.5 while pitching in the AL East in 4 seasons from 2005 – 2008.

      He clearly was abused in Tampa. It was a bone headed trade.

    • jjschiller - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      You know the old axiom, better to trade a guy 5 years too early than a year too late..

      Or something.

    • Francisco (FC) - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Hindsight and all that but the Mets would have been better off with Kazmir in that 05-08 period and then ship or trade him. Who knows how history might have been different if the Mets had Kazmir in ’07 or ’08?

    • plmathfoto - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      Thanks for chiming in Mr Rick Peterson.

      • sdelmonte - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        No, I’m Jim Duquette.

  2. mrznyc - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    This is the big news in the Mets off season??? – Sell, Fred, Sell.

    • bbk1000 - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      We all wish…..

      I’m a fan of Picard now….I wish he had a shirt with his name on it, I’d actually go to a Mets game wearing it….

      • bbk1000 - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        I went to the Mets site and customized a jersey with his name on it….this is great….

  3. plmathfoto - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Maybe whoever hired Rick Peterson could find the love of his life, Victor Zambrano, and we could do another ridiculous trade.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    …pigs will learn to fly

    • tacklemeelmo - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      I think you forgot to close something…

      • Francisco (FC) - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM

        From time to time, I like to remind people of my awesome Italicksy powers.

  5. areyesrn - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    what on earth happened to the dude after 2008? he pitched just as good as Cole Hamels did head to head in the World Series

  6. bigzant82 - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    full circle hope he makes it back

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