The Tampa Bay Rays traded starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Los Angeles Angels for two minor league prospects and a player to be named later on Friday night.
The Angels acquired Kazmir, a two-time All-Star, on Friday night for two minor leaguers and a player to be named. The left-hander was 8-7 with a 5.92 ERA this season for the defending AL champion Rays.
Tampa Bay receives left-hander Alex Torres and infielder Matt Sweeney in the deal.
Looking to lock up their third straight division title, the Angels began the night four games ahead of second-place Texas.
Because he was dealt before Aug. 31, Kazmir is eligible for postseason play with Los Angeles. He had to clear waivers to be traded at this point in the season.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com currently list the Angels’ odds to win the 2009 World Series at 8/1 and their odds to win the American League Pennant at 4/1. The Rays are 22/1 to win the World Series and 11/1 to win the AL Pennant.
Posted: 8/29/09 11:55PM ET