Some reports now say the deal for 2 minor league prospects and a PTBNL is off. Jon Heyman says it is still on. I think once it's out there, maybe not the same players involved for Kazmir, but some combo, it still gets done.
I don't know what to think of this deal. First, how can he be traded August 28th anyways? The trade deadline was 7/31, wouldn't he have to pass through waivers first? Is that how the Angels got the option to do a deal, claiming him on waivers? Someone explain it to me please.
Is this the Rays waving the white flag in the wild card? They're only 4 games out behind Boston. What kind of signal does this send to the other players?
The word being floated here in Tampa Bay is they are trading Kazmir now while he has had 3 good outings in a row and his value is high (though they are rumored to be getting 2 prospects not even in the Angels top 10). That they are only getting these prospects and not a proven MLB player is that the Angels would be taking on $22.5M in Kazmir's salary over the next 2 years. Is this the first salary dump since the new owners took over?
But is the purpose to use the savings on Kazmir's salary and funnel it towards Crawford's impending 2010 option, for arbitration hearings upcoming for Bartlett and Garza, and to bring up top prospect Wade Davis now in his place? If that's the case, I'm OK with it, as long as it's made clear to the players that this is for the long term good of the team.
It remains to be seen how this plays out but it appears Kazmir has pitched his last game in a Ray uniform