I hope Krivsky is talking to the Rays about this guy. I would actually prefer him to Bedard. I seriously doubt MacPhail will back off of his demand for Bruce in a EB deal, especially if Adam Jones plus Jeff Clement is on the table in Seattle. As much as I would want to get Bedard, trading Bruce for 2 years of him is just stupid.
Kazmir, on the other hand, would be under control with us for a lot longer than Bedard would. He also just happens to be 4 years younger with better K-numbers. Sure, his injury problems have been well documented, but none of his past injuries seem to be career-threatening. It probably wouldn't take Jay Bruce to bring him here, probably something more like a bat (Encarnacion) + some young pitching (Bailey) to get it done. He would fit perfectly into our rotation as a much-needed #2 starter. Let's say the deal looks like this:
Homer Bailey, Edwin Encarnacion, Travis Wood, Josh Roenicke, and Janish/Valaika for Kazmir
That gives us a rotation of:
With that kind of rotation added to the Cordero signing with our offense, and we'll take the NL Central with ease. Thoughts?