Scott Kazmir Considering Mets, Five Other Clubs

Free agent left-hander Scott Kazmir is considering six teams and could decide on his next club within a few days, ESPN.com's Buster Olney tweets. The Mets, who selected Kazmir in the first round of the 2002 draft, are among the interested teams.

Kazmir worked out in front of about ten scouts last week, throwing in the 86-89 mph range. The 28-year-old appeared in one game for the Angels last year, but got released after struggling at Triple-A. The Yankees are not interested, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets.


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45 Comments on "Scott Kazmir Considering Mets, Five Other Clubs"


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sourbob
3 years 4 months ago

Prediction: Kazmir signs with the Mets, totally rebounds, makes all of his starts, puts up 10 K/9 and gets traded to the Marlins for Carlos Zambrano.

EDIT: Crikey, I forget how young so many of y’all are. This isn’t a real prediction. It’s a joke, a reference to the infamously awful Kazmir for (Victor) Zambrano trade. The really sad part is, it wasn’t even the worst trade the Mets did in that 24 hour period. The day before, they dealt Jose Bautista (and Ty Wiggington) to the Pirates for a few months of Kris Benson.

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Kurisu Rg
3 years 4 months ago

Nah, I remember this one. The Mets had a string of some TERRIBLE GMs over those years. Steve Phillips, Duquette, and, of course, the reviled Omar Minaya.

I don’t blame Duquette for the Jose Bautista trade. Three other teams had given up on him before then. Including those same Pirates who left him unprotected in the Rule V draft and lost him to the Orioles.

I know you’re just being snarky with your prediction but I’ll go ahead and say there’s no way in hell that Kazmir posts a 10 K/9 ratio.

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MetsMagic
3 years 4 months ago

The Jose Bautista trade looked bad then. Don’t forget, they traded their top catching prospect to the Royals acquire him, Justin Huber, and then flipped him and their top RHP prospect Matt Peterson, for half of a season of Kris Benson. To compound their mistakes, they signed Benson to an extension that was double what he would get on the open market. It’s like the Knicks Carmelo Anthony trade, but without the talent. 

The string of terrible GMs started with Al Harazin, who had all the resources to wait for Barry Bonds but instead overpaid Bobby Bonilla. His successor, Joe McIlvaine, was the only good GM we had since Frank Cashen, but Freddy Wilpon got tired of having a farm system and said he didn’t have the “skill sets” to be a GM. 

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MetsMagic
3 years 4 months ago

I have no idea how I posted this twice…damn disqus.

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Bob de WebsiteBuilder
3 years 4 months ago

 A few months of Benson???  They had him a few months because they were able to fleece the Orioles into a) taking Benson b) giving up John Maine and Jorge Julio for him.  Maine posted two very solid years as a Met and Julio brought back El Duque.  It was a very good trade – Wiggy had no position on the Mets since Wright was ready to take 3rd.

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MetsMagic
3 years 4 months ago

It was a bad trade, but Omar in his prime made it look good. If Maine had stayed healthy he would be a legitimate number two starter today, and how could they have known Duque was 5 years older than he claimed to be.

Minaya was great at making behind the curtain moves like that; he usually followed them up with taking the money he saved and flushing it down the throne, which is what we rightfully remember. 

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Tired_OF_FakeRumors
3 years 4 months ago

We cant really blame the mets fro trading Bautista. I mean he started being relevant two years ago. And Ty is a utility player.

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Lastings
3 years 4 months ago

Rick Peterson can fix him in ten minutes…

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Kurisu Rg
3 years 4 months ago

 He’ll teach Kazmir a knuckleball but it will take Kazmir ten years to master it. Kazmir will then have 10 more years of success in the majors as the first successful left-handed knuckleballer since Gene Bearden. Book it!

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MetsMagic
3 years 4 months ago

Gene Bearden had quite a rookie season: an ERA title and the Indians last world championship! Shame his career fell off after that, he could’ve been the best knuckleballer since the great Eddie Cicotte. 

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John Gyna
3 years 4 months ago

I thought the Mets didn’t even send in a scout to watch his work out.

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DerekJeterDan
3 years 4 months ago

(If true) Than that’s exactly why they are still interested 😉

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Lastings
3 years 4 months ago

 They couldn’t afford the airfare…

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Rick Garcia
3 years 4 months ago

I’d welcome Kazmir back to the Mets. It seems like a typical Alderson signing. I’d imagine if he’s healthy, he could put up similar numbers to Capuano.

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sourbob
3 years 4 months ago

If he’s healthy, the flying pigs in the outfield might make it harder to homer off him, too.

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$7562574
3 years 4 months ago

come back to the salt lake bees.