An article by the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff suggests that The New York Mets should look into trading for some starting pitching while a portion of their current rotation remain on the DL with injuries. Davidoff seems to prefer for the Mets to acquire a quality arm that they believe could be nabbed for cheap. One of the pitchers mentioned happens to be the Dodgers’ very own, Scott Kazmir.
Current Dodger leaders, games started:
1. Kenta Maeda 27
2. Scott Kazmir 25
3. Clayton Kershaw 16
4. Ross Stripling 14
5. Julio Urias 13
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) September 7, 2016
Kazmir, 32, was originally drafted by the Mets in the first round of 2002’s MLB Draft. He’s been on the Dodgers DL since August 23rd and is set for a rehab start this week. Prior to this season’s start, Dodgers fans hoped for this 3x All-Star to replace Zach Greinke as the Dodgers number 2 guy in the rotation, however that has not been the case. Kazmir’s performance this season has been up and down, as he’s had multiple quality starts along with 9 starts where he’s allowed 4 or more runs.
Kazmir’s 4.59 ERA and 1.35 WHIP are the highest they have been since 2010. His 10-6 record looks nice, but is inflated thanks to the solid run support he’s received throughout year. Luckily for the Dodgers, Kenta Maeda was able to settle himself in as the rotation’s true number 2 and current ace during Kershaw’s absence.
Regardless of his below-average performance, I do not see any reason for the Dodgers to try and deal Kazmir. September trades are generally rare, the likelihood of an offer even being sent out is low, so this is not a cause for concern. Unless a package that is too good to be true is offered, the team should focus on getting Kazmir as healthy as possible, so he could return as soon as possible.