Recently, former Mets GM Jim Duquette was asked about one of the most famous trade deadline deals in baseball history. That would be the one that sent Scott Kazmir and a minor leaguer to the Rays for Victor Zambrano and a minor leaguer.
Specifically, Duquette was asked why he made the deal. MetsBlog provides the quote and their take…
“I’m still answering questions about the Kazmir trade. It was six years ago… Kazmir, here’s a guy that what we talked about in the evaluation he turned out exactly like we thought; his stuff, his makeup, his desire, all the things that Kazmir turned out to be we had right… What we didn’t have right was the guy we got back, Victor Zambrano. In that, when you’re sitting in the GM chair, and you’re going, ‘What were we looking at, what were our scouts looking at.’ It ended up, he was broken.”
MetsBlog feels that Duquette is referencing Kazmir’s recent struggles and that this is exactly what the Mets thought would happen. When we first read the quote, we thought Duquette was saying that they knew Kazmir would be good, but were still willing to make the deal and the only reason it didn’t work in their favor was because they were mislead by the Rays.
Quite frankly we are not sure it matters. Kazmir has made 139 starts for the Rays, winning 52 with a 3.87 ERA. Zambrano made 35 starts for the Mets, won 10 with a 4.42 ERA. We don’t care if Scott Kazmir’s arm falls off in the middle of the night and he never throws another pitch…The Mets got hosed and most Mets fans blame Duquette.
Quote: Jim Duquette on Scott Kazmir [MetsBlog]