The Houston Astros should trade for Scott Kazmir because the Astros could use a second left-handed pitcher in the starting rotation. The Astros starting rotation has done relatively well recently, despite a lack of a reliable answer for the fifth spot in the rotation. Dan Straily is now in that slot but didn’t have a great first start against the Red Sox on Friday.
According to Astros.com article by Brian McTaggart, Crane: Astros trying to trade for a starter, the Astros are indeed trying to make the starting staff a little deeper. According to McTaggart’s interview, the Astros are ready to make a trade when the appropriate one materializes.
Below is a quote from Jim Crane from McTaggart’s article, “If we can get the right move, I’m sure [general manager] Jeff [Luhnow] will pull the trigger,” Crane said. “He has the ability to do that if he wants to do it. It will depend on what kind of contract it is and how long it is and who it is and what we need, but I know it’s something a lot of teams are looking at right now. I’m sure they’re working hard at it.”
One of the pitchers that have been rumored to have the Astros interest is Oakland Athletics’ left-hander Scott Kazmir, who is originally from Houston. Once a top prospect, he struggled so bad that he was out of the MLB pitching for the local Sugar Land Skeeters in 2012. The Cleaveland Indians gave him a chance in 2013, and he made the most of it going 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA. He then signed a three-year contract with the Oakland Athletics, where he has started to live up to his early promise as a pitcher.
But is he the right guy for the Astros?
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