Showing posts with label Free Agent. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Free Agent. Show all posts

Monday, June 20, 2011

Should the Mets Reacquire Scott Kazmir?


The New York Mets upset a lot of fans when they traded left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir to Tampa Bay for Victor Zambrano back in 2004 as they figured he’d be the next big thing in the Major Leagues. They were right, up to a certain point, after Kazmir had several good seasons down in Florida. He made 34 starts for the club in 2007 and his 239 strikeouts were tops in the American League.

His first season in Tampa saw him start seven games, followed up by seasons with 32, 24, 34, 27, and 20.

His ERA in those seasons was 5.67, 3.77, 3.24, 3.48, 3.49, and 5.92 and his win totals were 2, 10, 10, 13, 12, and 6. He only went below the .500 mark in the win column his first season there when he went 2-3. He was shipped to the Los Angeles Angels and made six starts going 2-2 with an ERA of 1.73

But the wheels have fallen off Kazmir and his bandwagon recently after suffering elbow injuries and losing command of his pitches. He started 28 games for the Angels last year, going 9-15 with an ERA of 5.94. This year has been a nightmare for him with an ERA of 27.00 in just one start and the Angels released him on June 16 eating his $14.5 million salary along the way. Kazmir had been pitching for the Angels’ salt Lake team in Triple A and was 0-5, allowing 30 runs in 15 1/3 innings for a 17.02 ERA.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Five Teams have interest in Scott Kazmir


According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

Scott Kazmir, LHP, free agent —

He was released by the Angels, who ate $14 million. While Kazmir was on his rehab assignment, it became evident to the Angels that he was not going to make it back, pushing their frustration meter to new heights. It goes to show the Rays know when to get rid of guys. As poorly as Kazmir has pitched the last two seasons, there are at least five teams looking at him — Colorado, Florida, San Diego, Texas, and Arizona. And nobody would be surprised if the Yankees are another, considering the breakdown in their pitching.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

RHP Brian Bannister becomes a free agent


Former Mets pitcher Brian Bannister was designated for assignment yesterday by the Royals. Bannister rejected it making him a free agent .

Bannister, 29, pitched to a 6.34 ERA in 127 2/3 innings last year. His walk rate rose to 3.5 BB/9 and his strikeout rate dropped to 5.4 K/9, so it's not surprising that the Royals let him go. If they had offered arbitration, Bannister would have made something like $2.3MM, his 2010 salary.

Brian Bannister's Pitching Statistics
Career: Batting | Pitching | Fielding
SEASON TEAM G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L SV HLD BLSV WHIP ERA
2006 NYM 8 6 0 0 38.0 34 18 18 4 22 19 2 1 0 0 -- 1.474.26
2007 KC 27 27 1 0 165.0 156 76 71 15 44 77 12 9 0 0 -- 1.213.87
2008 KC 32 32 1 0 182.2 215 127 117 29 58 113 9 16 0 0 -- 1.495.76
2009 KC 26 26 0 0 154.0 161 94 81 15 50 98 7 12 0 0 -- 1.374.73
2010 KC 24 23 0 0 127.2 158 92 90 23 50 77 7 12 0 0 -- 1.636.34
Total -- 117 114 2 0 667.1 724 407 377 86 224 384 37 50 0 0 -- 1.425.08

Maybe the Mets could take a look at him. He was good with the Mets and had a great second year with the Royals before having a big drop off.  He probably can benefit from playing at Citi-Field, which is a pitchers ballpark. Of course he comes cheap...
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