NL East Links: Marlins, Bourn, Rizzo, Kazmir, Mets

Ten years ago today, the Expos claimed Endy Chavez off waivers from the Mets after the Mets claimed him off waivers from the Tigers and the Tigers claimed him off waivers from the Royals. All of that happened in less than eight weeks, and later in his career Chavez suited up for three different NL East teams in the span of 10 months. Here's the latest from his old division…

  • The Marlins intend to "renew" the contracts of their pre-arbitration-eligible players at the league minimum ($480K) according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. That may prompt the union to file a grievance, contending that the team did not operate in good faith.
  • Michael Bourn told's Mark Bowman that he hasn't had any contract extension talks with the Braves. The speedy center fielder is a prime extension candidate, and can become a free agent after this season.
  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo spoke to's Bill Ladson about a number of topics, including the Gio Gonzalez trade and the team's ongoing pursuit of a center fielder.
  • "We'll see [Scott] Kazmir for the first time [on Friday]," said Mets GM Sandy Alderson (on Twitter). "We have an open mind but a spot on the ML staff right away is not realistic." Kazmir threw for scouts last week and is said to be considering the team that originally drafted him.
  • Brian Costa of The Wall Street Journal reports that the Mets have firm commitments from seven potential investors, but want to line up three more and close all ten deals (worth a total of $200MM) at once (Twitter links).
  • Jon Heyman of says the smart money is on the Phillies and Cole Hamels working out a new contract to keep the left-hander in Philadelphia beyond this season.
  • The Phillies announced that Marti Wolever has been promoted from director of scouting to Assistant General Manager, Amateur Scouting.

22 Responses to NL East Links: Marlins, Bourn, Rizzo, Kazmir, Mets Leave a Reply

  1. fitz 3 years ago

    Scott Kazmir what a terrible fall from grace. Used to be one of my favorite pitchers to watch when he had his A game. 

    • Matt Talbert 3 years ago

       Here’s a rotation for you (this is a funny): 
      A.J. Burnett, Carlos Zambrano, Scott Kazmir, Mark Prior, Rich Harden

      RP:  Blaine Boyer, Scott Proctor, Scott Linebrink, Kevin Gregg, Danny Kolb

      • An arbitrary list of pitchers constitutes a funny?

      • I’m guessing that’s a list of pitchers that were dominant for awhile, but hit a wall pretty quickly. Correct?

        • Even then, these guys aren’t exactly apples to apples. Plus Gregg was never really dominant, and Linebrink had a nice long run as far as relievers go.

        • Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

          Sounds about right – there are four ex-Cubs on that list.

      • If you have to tell people that it’s funny in the joke, you might need a better joke.

  2. “Kazmir is considering the team that originally drafted him”…  His t-ball team actually wants him back ???

  3. LUWahooNatFan 3 years ago

    You know your team is terrible when Kazmir has a good shot at being in the rotation at some point

    • demille 3 years ago

      aw come on the nats are not that far from when we would be thinking of doing something like this don’t boast the nats haven’t proven anything yet

      • Speaking as a Mets fan, I’m totally comfortable with Nationals fans making fun of the Mets rotation. Then we can talk about the Werth contract and the Bay contract and have some whiskey together.

        • LUWahooNatFan 3 years ago

          That’s a positive way of looking at it haha

    • He doesn’t have a good shot at being in anyone’s rotation. He’s done. Steve Avery 2.0.

    • MetsMagic 3 years ago

      Livan Hernandez, John Patterson, John Lannan, and Odalis Perez. Those are the Nationals’ aces to date. Yeah, I went there. Be careful, or Strasburg will be in the Yankees bullpen before you know it. 

      • LUWahooNatFan 3 years ago

        And of all those pitchers, John Lannan is the only one with potential of pitching in D.C. this year, and he’s likely to be traded if not stashed in AAA

  4. Joveoak 3 years ago

    Whoever gets Kazmir, it would be just depth, insurance for pitcher injuries, etc.

  5. In the movie State and Main, someone says, “An associate producer credit is what you give your secretary instead of a raise.” It looks like that’s what the Phillies did with Wolever.

    • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

      And here I thought I was one of the only people in the world to see that movie. “Go You Huskies!”

  6. rsanchez1 3 years ago

    Come on Marlins, you’re really gonna have me believe you were ready to drop $260M on Pujols, but you’re cheaping out on pretty much everyone else in your organization. Come on Marlins.

  7. bigpat 3 years ago

    Why do they have to pay more than minimum for pre-arb players? I don’t get it. I guess it’s like forcing people to give a generous tip. 

    • Sure, but if you leave a 0% tip and go back to the restaurant, you’re asking for poor service or a spit burger. Good faith begets good faith.

  8. escapingNihilism 3 years ago

    last thing the Mets need is Kazmir.  would be a media frenzy.  the last thing this team needs is another ghost.

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