Scott Kazmir On The Red Sox Radar
Multiple team sources confirm that Oakland Athletics LHP Scott Kazmir is on the Boston Red Sox radar. The team has not opened 2015 the way it had anticipated and a large bulk of the struggles fall on the shoulders of the starting pitching. The team hasn’t singled out any one starter from the rotation yet, but the Red Sox have already proven they will not stand a losing baseball club. If changes need to be made in order to do so, those changes and improvements will be made.
The Red Sox first plan would be to look at internal options for the patch-work, but if that just isn’t cutting it, then they will look to outside sources and won’t necessarily wait until July to do so. The top name on the list for Boston is Scott Kazmir. He would come as the most-affordable soon-to-be free agent.
The Red Sox remember Kazmir as the young dominant lefty for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2004-2009, but he fell off after he was traded to the Los Angeles Angles. Kazmir made his resurgence as a starter in 2013 when he went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA for the Cleveland Indians. Billy Beane quickly jumped on Kazmir when he was a free agent and signed him to a two-year, $22 million deal. Kazmir posted a 15-9 record with a 3.55 ERA in 2014 and has started strong this season at 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA.
ESPN’s Jim Bowden was the first to bring up this possible trade scenario and even put a package together of possible players that would land Kazmir in Boston. He suggested that SP Joe Kelly and OF Bryce Brentz would be the two guys that Oakland would want in exchange for the 31-year-old left hander. This deal would work wonders for both sides as Oakland gets a hard-throwing starter under contract through 2018 and a talented outfielder blocked by all of the depth in Boston. The Red Sox get back a veteran starter who would help this team compete this season, and the team certainly has the money to extend him in the winter if they so choose to.
Boston at 14-17, travel to Oakland and they will get a first-hand look at Scott Kazmir on Monday night. He will be opposed by the Red Sox best and most consistent starter, Rick Porcello. This could be a macthup of future teammates for the Red Sox and a chance for Kazmir to prove he is worthy of a trade.
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