Buzz: Rays shop Kazmir, Crawford and Pena

Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes the Rays have shopped LHP Scott Kazmir to the Mets and Rangers.

According to Sherman, “Tampa is trying to see if they could trade Kazmir, Carlos Pena and in the right blockbuster even Carl Crawford to free up dollars to make a bigger trade.”

the buzz around baseball seems to be that if the crawford is to be traded, it will be in the off season, and not this week before Friday’s July 31 Trade Deadline… the same can be said for Blue Jays OF Alex Rios and Padres 1B Adrian Gonzalez

…from what I can gather, the Rays and Mets have talked… however, i have zero idea what they’ve talked about… i believe the Mets are still looking for offense… i also believe they are skeptical, but intrigued by kazmir, because he’s making too much money considering questions about his health, work ethic and stamina…

…however, from listening to reporters, talk radio and people around the game, it sounds like the Rays are trying to essentially trade kazmir and a bat, like a crawford or pena, to get Victor Martinez from the Indians, among other things, and will do whatever they have to do to make it happen

The 27–year-old Crawford is batting .311 with a .372 OBP, 30 extra base hits and 48 stolen bases this season for the Rays.

Crawford has a $10 million team option for 2010, after which he can become a free agent.

damn, man, he is a perfect fit for Citi Field… he’s a good defender, but in the box and on the basepaths he is a tailor-made for that building, short of being yet another left-handed hitter