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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Kazmir rings warning bells


Uh-oh. Dave Cameron's got some bad news for the Rays: Scott Kazmir is broken ... This news can't be news to the Rays' front office, as they're paying good money to smart people who are looking at the same stats and Pitchf/x data that Cameron's looking at. But they've got $28.5 million committed to Kazmir and it's hard to give up on $28.5 million.

Also, Price isn't exactly demanding a return to the Show. In 21 innings with Durham, he's given up four homers and 11 walks. Wade Davis, another of the Rays' top prospects, has walked 14 in 23 innings. Both of those guys have been outpitched by Mitch Talbot, who doesn't have great stuff but does usually throw strikes.

Anyway, Cameron's essentially right. If there really is something wrong with Kazmir -- something that's keeping him from throwing his pitches like he used to -- the Rays do have options, all who could probably do better than Kazmir's 6.00 ERA.