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Rangers Interested In Scott Kazmir

Former New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels pitcher Scott Kazmir was worked out by the Texas Rangers, according to T.R. Sullivan. Kazmir was released by the Angels after an abysmal showing in AAA while rehabbing. I'm not sure there's an adjective strong enough to describe how poor Kazmir was in AAA really. Kazmir allowed 29 earned runs in 15.1 innings of work on 22 hits and 20 walks. That's 42 baserunners in just 15.1 innings in AAA. The Kazmanian Devil also only struck out 15 batters as well. 

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As Sullivan points out, the Rangers would be looking for long term help with Kazmir and not for immediate help this year. He certainly was at one point extremely talented, despite being traded from the Mets to the then-Devil Rays for Victor Zambrano. If Texas thinks that there's something left in the tank, then sure, why not work him out and try to get him healthy and his head on straight. He almost certainly wouldn't be counted on or even asked to help this year, and I'm skeptical that he'll ever contribute at a mediocre or high level in the MLB again. 

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Still, there are certainly worse ideas than seeing what Kazmir has left. Plus, it'd be extra awesome if he had something left, forcing the Angels to regret letting him go for nothing. Dubious, but as Lloyd Christmas says...there's a chance.

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