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Kazmir on short leash, release an option

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08:11 AM ET 04.05 | Angels manager Mike Scioscia said over the weekend he will show limited patience with his pitching staff. Left-handed starter Scott Kazmir and numerous Angels relievers struggled as the team dropped three of four games in its season-opening series in Kansas City. Kazmir, who threw 63 pitches in 1 2/3 innings Sunday, will make at least one more start, according to a major league source. But Kazmir, who also is coming off a poor spring, is on "a short leash," multiple sources say. The Angels can demote Kazmir only if he agrees to the move -- players with five years of service cannot be sent to the minors without their consent. Releasing Kazmir would cost the Angels the remainder of his $12 million salary in 2011, plus his $2.5 million buyout for '12.

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April 5, 2011  08:23 AM ET

63 pitches in 1 2/3 innings is a slight improvement from last year for Kaz. Thats why he gets another start.

April 5, 2011  08:28 AM ET

What a train wreck this guy has turned out to be.............

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April 5, 2011  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Would be pretty funny if the Mets were to sign him after he is released.

Oh the sweet irony.

April 5, 2011  09:33 AM ET

Angels brass needs to wake up. Get this guy out of here.

April 5, 2011  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Angels brass needs to wake up. Get this guy out of here.

Move him to the minors for a while and if he says no, release him (just like Silva)

April 5, 2011  09:55 AM ET

Time for Scioscia to go all Old Yeller on Kazmir. It's the humane thing to do.

April 5, 2011  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Time for Scioscia to go all Old Yeller on Kazmir. It's the humane thing to do.

It would. Maybe he can go and pitch in the minors or the NL. That could extend his career.

April 5, 2011  10:08 AM ET

The man used to have good stuff and a great arm.

April 5, 2011  10:09 AM ET

If the Angels release him, I'd like to see the Cards take a flyer on him and see if Dunc can turn this guy around. He's still relatively young and had good stuff the last time I saw him pitch.

April 5, 2011  10:22 AM ET

he's a lefty, won't be out of work long

April 5, 2011  10:25 AM ET

Its a shame what happened to Kazmir, he looked like a star in the making in Tampa. Seems like a case of a guy who just threw too much at a young age.

April 5, 2011  10:41 AM ET

He hurt his elbow in 2008 and hasn't been the same since. The Rays look like geniuses for trading him in 2009.

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April 5, 2011  12:32 PM ET

A great oppertunity for mets to grab him

April 5, 2011  12:33 PM ET

Lets go METS!!!!! Beat the FILTHYDELAPHIA PHILLIES!!!

April 5, 2011  01:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Time for Scioscia to go all Old Yeller on Kazmir. It's the humane thing to do.

I am with you on that one. Release him and eat it Arte. Save the season, and while you are at it. getsome help in the pen.

April 5, 2011  01:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

A great oppertunity for mets to grab him

I hope they do.

April 5, 2011  01:23 PM ET

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April 5, 2011  01:24 PM ET

Angels traded some pieces to get this guy from Rays. All trades have risks and rewards, look at Denver Nuggets.

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