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5th Most Likely Pitcher Traded to the Astros

Jul 18, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (26) pitches during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Kazmir

While I like what Kazmir has to offer to the Astros rotation, I don’t see the division rival Oakland A’s giving the Astros a player that could potentially hurt them down the road. There might be a few calls just to gauge interest and what would be offered, but Billy Beane would hate to give the Astros a big piece unless the A’s win the trade going. Kazmir could be the cheapest option out there because Beane is a Maverick, you have no clue what he will do. Like Cueto, Kazmir has had some injuries or pains this season, and I don’t see the Astros trading prized prospects away for anyone with potential injuries.

Pros

  • Houston boy, which could make it easier for the Astros to re-sign him.
  • Should be relatively cheap.
  • Doesn’t have as much wear and tear on his arm after being out of MLB baseball for a year.
  • Former top prospect finally living up to potential.
  • Would have a good relationship with several players on the Astros, who used to play with the Athletics.

Cons

  • In-division rival.
  • Injuries concern.
  • Not much buzz around baseball.
  • Could have to pay more than other teams.

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My Prediction

As much as I would like to welcome the hometown boy back to Houston, I don’t see the A’s and Astros making a trade. I see him being traded to the Cubs, especially with recent deals between the two clubs. The other bloggers disagreed with me, and he was ranked the #4 player to go to the Astros with 37 points.

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