Who does Steve Phillips have to screw to get everyone to realize he’s not the GM who traded away Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano? It was actually former Mets GM Jim Duquette that pulled the trigger on that one. Zambrano only made three starts for the Mets in 2004 after going on the DL with tendinitis in his pitching elbow.
Meanwhile, under the streets of Gotham, Scott Kazmir was beginning to blossom into something that would surely make Jim Duquette look as qualified to be GM as Steve Phillips (yes, Steve, we realize you discovered David Wright. Now quit tooting your own vuzela).
Now it appears that Scott Kazmir’s career is going the way of, well, Victor Zambrano so it looks like the trade could end up being moot anyways. You’re off the hook, Duquette!
Zambrano pitched sparingly for three more MLB seasons that included an elbow ligament replacement in 2006. He hasn’t thrown a ball for a big league team since 2007. This is a greater accomplishment than some may think considering he led the American League in BB, WP and HBPs in 2003……zing.
So is Zambrano on the comeback trail and is his phone ringing off the hook for teams starved for veteran starters? Not exactly. He hasn’t quite found his stride for the Dorados de Chihuahua. Zambrano is currently sporting a 7.01 ERA in 33.1 IP for the third place squad. One can only wonder how much long Manager Chico Rodriguez can keep throwing him out there. The leash can’t be too long for Zambrano. Not when you have potential rotation stalwarts like Humberto Montemayor on your roster waiting in the wings.