The Tampa Bay Rays were likely going to shop
Kazmir, 25, is still young, younger even than
He was due $8 million next year, $12 million in 2011 and a $2.5 million buyout after that 2011 season. Toss in the $1.7 million owed him for the rest of this year, and an $800,000 trade assignment bonus, and the Angels are on the hook for about $25 million for Kazmir, money the Rays might be able to use to keep
The Rays signed Kazmir to his contract extension only 15 months ago, and now he follows
So what's in it for the Angels? Kazmir is an immediate upgrade over rookie
But ask yourself this: Is Kazmir guaranteed to start a playoff game for the Angels? To start one of the first three games of a Division Series, Kazmir would have to get the ball before two of the following: Lackey,
At $25 million over little more than two years, Kazmir is a risk the Angels can afford more than the Rays.