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The answer to this is 100% dependent on what the Rays get in return. Low-level prospect? Better to hang on and hope for the best. Big leaguer who can help? Have to think about it, especially with two or three viable replacements in Durham.
I would also say it depends on if and how badly they need to move his contract.
I agree. If we're getting someone that's ready to contribute right now, then yes, send him packing asap. I'm tired of hearing about how he's "working through it" or how his latest bullpen session was successful and he's worked out the kinks. Show me results on the field and stop talking to the media about how bad you are Scott!
I may be in the minority, but I don't easily give up on 25-year-olds with Kaz's talent. We're not talking potential... we're talking true big league talent. Does the guy have issues right now? Yes. But, I think that Kaz is much more valuable to the team than anything they can get in return. He signed one of those club friendly long term deals. Might as well hold on to him and see if we can't right the ship. I don't care what "prospect" you get... he's not going to have the potential Kazmir will if he returns to form.
I agree 100%. Everyone's always so quick to jump on someone's case when the going's tough, and so quick to forget just how good it had been. One bad (half) season is not enough to just throw out the window all the positive contributions Kaz has made to the club throughout the years, and all the talent we know he possesses.
I think these sorts of things get amplified in the times we're living in with instant gratification and all. Everyone wants everything, and they want it now.
Of course though, all the people calling for his dismissal will be the same people tearing the front office a new one when he goes to another club and gets his groove back (I'll refrain from an Edwin reference, kind of).
I'd be more optimistic about Kaz if it were just this one bad year, but he wasn't terribly effective a good deal of last year, either. That said, I agree that it makes little sense to just "dump" him now. It's unlikely you could trade him today for a proven talent (his trade value isn't high enough at the moment), and trading him for a prospect simply gets you another unknown -- albeit at a lower salary with more minor league options. But if they trade him for very little now, and he's back to his old form next year, Rays management would never hear the end of the complaints.
I see your points. Let's hope Kid-K can sway my opinion with a good start tonight.
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