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Sunday, May 21, 2006

And Just Who Did the Mets Get for This Guy?

Scott Kazmir won his seventh game for the Devil Rays today.

He's all of 22 years old.

We're talking Ernie Broglio for Lou Brock, Doyle Alexander for John Smoltz, Larry Andersen for Jeff Bagwell and, of course, Ivan DeJesus for Ryne Sandberg (and Larry Bowa). Or, at least it seems that way.

The joke among Mets fans is that they typically get the wrong guy. They got Kaz Matsui when Hideki Matsui has excelled for the Yankees. In this particular trade, they got Victor Zambrano, who is now on the DL, while the better Zambrano, Carlos, pitches for the Mets.

The Mets are a very good team this year, but they did trade two good starting pitchers -- Jeo Seo and Kris Benson -- in the off-season, and their pitching staff has suffered injuries this year.

Bet they wish that they still had Scott Kazmir.

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