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Scott Kazmir released by Los Angeles Angels

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Scott KazmirThe latest mistake of Los Angels Angels GM Tony Reagins finally blew up in his face as Los Angeles cut ties with doomed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir, released him and swallowing the remainder of the $14.5 million they owe him for the rest of the 2011 season. Kazmir was disabled with lower back tightness after one Major League start, but couldn’t find the strike zone in extended Spring Training in Arizona, which proved to be quite futile.

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Angels land Pineiro for just $16 million

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, Front Office, MLB,

Joel PineiroThe Los Angeles Angels have landed a potential superstar. Reports that had Joel Pineiro going to the New York Mets or Los Angeles Dodgers were wrong, as Pineiro has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal to see him join the rotation with other stars Jered Weaver, Scott Kazmir, Joe Saunders, and Ervin Santana. Does this mean that the Angels now have the best overall starting rotation in baseball? It just might.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have proved nothing

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Editorial, MLB,

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Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Rays dropped their 11th straight game, one of the longest losing streaks for any team in 2009. These are the same Tampa Bay Rays whose bandwagon everybody jumped on after a successful run to the World Series last year. The Rays took those fans for a ride this year, and many thought that the team would be a force to be reckoned with; that their minuscule payroll would be able to match the Boston Red Sox or the New York Yankees. Boy, were those people wrong.

The Rays of ’09 are just another name in the bunch. Sure, the Rays aren’t going to lose 90 games this year like they had every season prior to 2008, but they’re certainly not the same team that they were a year ago. With neighbors like the Red Sox and Yankees in their division, 90 wins will never be good enough, and the Rays certainly aren’t going to win 90 games this year. If they continue at the pace they’ve had for the past month or so, they’ll be lucky to finish with a second .500 season.

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