Jun 27, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (26) throws against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning of their MLB baseball game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Kazmir was supposed to be the veteran ace for one of the best teams in the American League last year when he signed a free agent deal with the Oakland Athletics prior to last year.
He was good for Oakland last year, but the team self-destructed down the stretch and lost in the Wild-Card game. This year Oakland will be sellers, especially with Kazmir and his expiring contract. Will they try to help and/or fleece their former arch playoff rivals by working out a deal to send the lefty to the Detroit Tigers?
Kazmir’s name is mentioned a lot in trade rumors but it is not as flashy as some of the other names you will see on this list. Nonetheless he has always quietly been a very reliable option for any of the teams he find himself on, dating back to his years as a teammate of David Price’s in Tampa Bay.
This year Kazmir has not gotten a lot to work with from his offense and is sitting at 5-5, however he is boasting a very solid ERA of 2.56 and 1.119 WHIP.
Kazmir could give the Tigers a nice righty-lefty-right-lefty-righty rotation with Price, Verlander, Simon and Sanchez.