Maybe they've changed their mind about his contract.....
Scott Kazmir lhp
3 years/$28.5M (2009-11), plus 2012 club option
* 3 years/$28.5M (2009-11), plus 2012 club option
o signed extension with Tampa Bay 5/14/08
o 09:$6M, 10:$8M, 11:$12M, 12:$13.5M club option ($2.5M buyout)
o $0.8M bonus if traded (for first trade only)
o perks: use of luxury suite for 5 home games per season
o Kazmir to donate to club charity $75,000 each in 2009 and 2010, and $100,000 each in 2011 and 2012 (if option is exercised)
...especially if they are currently going after V-Mart and Cliff Lee and have budget constraints.
If you can trade Kazmir for something useful and then replace him with Lee for a similar price I'd seriously think about it.