Houston Astros: Who’s a Better Option, Scott Kazmir or Wei-Yin Chen?
By Josh Cameron
Sep 30, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Houston Astros pitcher Scott Kazmir (26) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
The Case to Re-sign Scott Kazmir
While the Astros didn’t unload their recent #1 ranked farm system by MiLB.com, they did give up potentially a valuable piece in Nottingham. In giving up some assets, the Astros had to have least to consider signing Kazmir to a deal in the offseason. Despite some second-half struggles, Kazmir still should have a good few years left in the tank. Righties only batted .225 versus Kazmir this season. After growing up watching the original Killer B’s in Bagwell and Biggio, some believe the Cy-Falls alumni may even consider taking a hometown discount to stay in Houston. Outside of Kazmir, the Astros don’t have many other left-handed pitchers to put in the rotation outside of Dallas Keuchel.
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The Case to Not Resign Scott Kazmir
Is it possible that we have already seen Scott Kazmir peak? Kazmir will be turning 32 in January and signing him to a three-year $48 million deal maybe not be a financially wise decision for the Astros. The Astros can invest $48 million in a lot younger and more needed assets such as bullpen help. Plus, the Astros will likely have 1) Dallas Keuchel, 2) Collin McHugh, 3) Lance McCullers, 4) Mike Fiers, and 5) Scott Feldman to fill the rotation next season. They also have promising prospects in Mark Appel, Michael Feliz, Joe Musgrove, and Francis Martes.
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