Thursday, July 23, 2015

Reactions to the Kazmir trade

Here are some reactions to the Kazmir trade today...

(Note: This will be updated)

Sporting News' Jesse Spector:
Kazmir, pitching very well, has been a 3-WAR guy over his first 18 starts. For another 12 starts at that pace, you would expect 2 WAR. The price of two projectable but far off prospects is right.

New York Post's Joel Sherman:
The worries on Kazmir are two-fold: He had to pull himself from two starts this year with arm discomfort, though he did not miss significant time on either occasion, and his home-road splits are dramatic. At Oakland's spacious Coliseum, he has a 1.36 ERA and holds opponents to a .441 OPS. On the road, it is 3.92 and .804. 

FanGraphs' Kiley McDaniel:
Based on the preseason rankings, this will look like a light return, but given Nottingham's breakout season, they did indeed land a guy who would have ranked in the Astros' top 10 if the list was re-done today.

NumberFire's John Stolnis:
With Scott Kazmir, the Astros may have the best rotation in the American League.

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