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Since I am away from WebSense, I can read the articles posted by Rototimes.  One of their new columnists, Ted Carlson, wrote a piece arguing that Tampa Bay lefty Scott Kazmir should be considered the third-best starting pitcher in AL-only formats.

With age and strikeouts, along with improving ratios, I see the case.   However, I am not sold that his sore shoulder allows an elevation to the top of the second tier of AL starters.  (The top tier consists of Johann Santana and Roy Halladay.)

According to Mr. Carlson:

...the only hurlers I believe are in contention with Kazmir for the third spot are Lackey, Haren, and Bonderman.

Do you agree?