Friday, July 1, 2011

Where Does Scott Kazmir Fit With the Texas Rangers?

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When the Los Angeles Angels released Scott Kazmir after his struggles continued in the minor leagues, it didn't take long for other teams to become interested in the free agent pitcher.

One of those teams who have met with Kazmir are the Texas Rangers.

Scott Kazmir Scott Kazmir #19 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 12, 2010 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.
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Rangers' general manager Jon Daniels confirmed with Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News that the team had met with Kazmir and his agent.

“We’ve talked with him, doing our due diligence,” Daniels told Grant. “Not sure if anything’s going to come of it, but we try to look at every opportunity to see if someone can help us.”

The question on the minds of a lot of Ranger fans is, what do you do with him if in fact the Rangers decide to sign him?

With the struggles he's gone though this season I don't believe you can afford to put him in the rotation. You can send him to Triple-A Round Rock and let him work out of the bullpen. If he shows he can be a serviceable reliever, you bring him up to Arlington and he automatically makes this bullpen stronger.

However, doing that would mean the Rangers would need to make a roster move in order to give Kazmir a spot on the big league roster. The one guy who sticks out the most in my eyes is either Dave Bush or Michael Kirkman, neither is doing this bullpen any favors.

You can release one of those two players and fill the roster spot with Kazmir if in fact they decide to sign him. Remember, Daniels isn't saying they are absolutely interested in bringing him on. They are kicking the tires and doing what teams do, "their due diligence."

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