Every time Scott Kazmir starts for the Devil Rays, Met fans stomach turns on the trade that gave him to Tampa Bay for Victor Zambrano. Funny thing. Kazmir is the anti-Mangini type player and was traded largely because of 'character' issues and suspect off-the-field behaviors even though he was never arrested for anything.
"Fear also existed about Kazmirís off-the-field behaviorófor a much more serious reason than wrecking Huberís car, which had been widely reported in the media. Team officials suspected marijuana use, at least early in Kazmirís minor-league career, and thought he would be ill-suited for the fast pace and temptations of New York".
The best evaluation of players is what they do in actual games, secondary factors such as Bradway's love of athletes or Mangini's love of 'character' may lead Tangini to the same mistakes the Mets made in evaluating Scott Kazmir.
I'm giving Tangini two Kazmir's for the off season. One for passing on Matt Leinart and another for failing to sign John Abraham to a long term contract.
Jim Duquette = Tangini.