Sunday, February 29, 2004

Rangers scouting Kazmir 

The Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that the Rangers had a scout at Port St. Lucie, Florida, yesterday, to watch Scott Kazmir throw batting practice.

The paper speculates that the Rangers interest would be in connection with a much-rumored Soriano to the Mets trade.

The Rangers passed on Kazmir in the 2002 draft, although he has now established himself as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. The general feeling seems to be that any Soriano trade to the Mets would have to involve either Kazmir or stud shortstop prospect Jose Reyes for the Rangers to be terribly interested.

My question would be, if the Rangers were to deal Soriano for Kazmir, whether the Rangers would then seek to use the high-touted lefty as a chip in a trade for an established player, particularly a pitcher, or if they would be acquiring him with the idea of keeping him in the system.

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