Final update: It’s a done deal. (Sorry, didn’t get a chance to update until now. I was off campus).
The Mariners, you might remember, were linked to Kazmir at the trade deadline in a rumored three-way deal that would have sent Brandon Morrow and Jeff Clement to Cleveland, Cliff Lee from Cleveland to Tampa Bay, and Kazmir and shortstop Reid Brignac to Seattle. It never came to fruition, obviously.
This deal is interesting in numerous ways. Obviously, it strengthens the Angels’ rotation as they try to hold off the stubborn Rangers, who are hanging tough, five games back, in the AL West. They can throw out John Lackey, Jered Weaver, Joe Saunders, Ervin Santana and Kazmir, who hasn’t been his old self this year but is 4-2 with a 4.41 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break and struck out 10 in his last start.
For the Angels, it’s a lot of money to take on as they prepare for an offseason in which they have seven free agents, including Lackey, Chone Figgins, Vlad Guerrero and Bobby Abreu. The Los Angeles Times speculates that Lackey is all but gone.
And for the Rays, who receive left-hander Alex Torres infielder Matt Sweeney , and a player to be named, it potentially weakens the rotation at a time they are trying to chase down the Red Sox in the AL wild card race. They are 4 1/2 games behind Boston.
(Associated Press photo)