#5: Rekindle old relationships
Sep 19, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (26) is removed from the game against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Don’t have an Adele moment with Scott Kazmir.
By: Elliott Jenkins
The Astros need to rekindle their relationship with Scott Kazmir. Kazmir was lights out in his first few starts with the Astros, but a horrid September left many Astros fans regretting the deadline deal that brought him to Houston.
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But the Astros still have a lot to get excited about with Kazmir. Jeff Sullivan pointed out that Kazmir has the biggest speed difference between his fastball and his changeup among all starters. He is durable and would fill out a rotation that includes Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Lance McCullers, and Mike Fiers. Kazmir pitches left-handed and has no draft pick attachment, giving him a leg up on other free agent starters.
He could also push Scott Feldman into a long relief role. This gives the Astros flexibility with Feldman, who has an extremely team-friendly deal. Kazmir could determine whether the Astros trade Feldman, freeing up a roster spot for one of the many Astros pitching prospects, or retain him.
Kazmir was born and raised in Houston. He has an opportunity to play in his hometown and potentially become an iconic member of his hometown team’s most defining seasons. He has been to the World Series, but not unlike every Astros fan past and present, is thirsting for his first championship. Re-signing Kazmir could be the final piece of the Astros’ World Series puzzle.
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