Matt Garza got hit hard again, and he vows to make changes. Already hearing from other teams that they now warily approach trades with the Rays, who are viewed as a savvy organization and appear to have dumped Scott Kazmir at exactly the right time.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you continually get the better end of trades, other teams are going to proceed with caution. Billy Beane and the A’s had this reputation for a while.
But it shouldn’t keep the Rays from making deals. For every Scott Kazmir they have dealt, there is also an Edwin Jackson and a Jason Hammel, two productive pitchers.
Did the Rays know Kazmir was done? Maybe. The Rays certainly don’t want a reputation as a team that dumps damaged goods on other teams. And in the case of Kazmir, the signs were there and the Angels probably should have seen them.
In the end, most of the players traded by the Rays were getting expensive (e.g. Matt Garza) or were no longer needed (e.g. Hammel). And if another GM is smart, they recognize this.