New York Yankees Trade Rumors: Scouting Scott Kazmir?

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We all know the Yankees are going to be active at the trade deadline. With 11 days to go, the rumors are going to ramp up. The Yankees tend to work around the margins at the trade deadline and not necessarily get that big fish item. They tend to go after guys with a year left on their deal.

They did that year with their acquisition of Brandon McCarthy and now they are scouting Scott Kazmir.

Scouts weren’t disappointed. Kazmir delivered a 8.1, one run, five strikeout performance against the Twins last night. He’s now 5-5 with a 2.49 ERA in 17 starts. In his last seven starts, he’s 3-1 with a 1.17 ERA.

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Kazmir fits what the Yankees are looking for. He’s not going to cost as much as Cole Hamels. He’s left-handed, which plays in the Bronx. He’s also a free agent after the season ends, so that means no long-term commitment.

Kazmir comes with durability questions. He left his start against the Yankees on July 8 with an arm issue. He made 32 starts last year and almost threw 200 innings, which is the most since 2007.

He would slot in the third spot in the rotation behind Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda. He’s better than CC Sabathia, Nathan Eovaldi and Ivan Nova.

If they can get him for the right price of prospects, I think it’s a good move. We’ve got 11 days to go. Let’s see what happens.

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