The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Scott Kazmir to a 3-year deal worth $48 million. The contract also contains an opt-out clause after the first year.
With signing Kazmir, the Dodgers now have a rotation of five left handers. The move comes almost a month after the Dodgers failed to resign Zack Greinke.
Drafted by the New York Mets in the first round of the 2002 draft, Kazmir’s career seemed very promising. In only his second year of professional baseball, he was promoted to AA. On July 30 was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays, who placed him at their new AA farm team, the Montgomery Biscuits. He pitched only four games in Montgomery before he was called up to the Bigs, thus skipping AAA. In the next years, Kazmir was one of the few bright spots on a happless Tampa Bay Devil Rays team.
After 2008 the career of Kazmir seemed to be on a dead end as he lost velocity due to nagging injuries. After the Tampa Bay Rays traded him to the Anaheim Angels, he performed well for a while but eventually his performance deteriorated. After he posted the highest ERA of starting pitchers in the American League in 2010, he was sent to the minors during the 2011 Spring Training. That was the moment that he hit rock bottom. In 2012 and 2013 Kazmir worked on his comeback on his own as he had short stints with indy teams and winter league teams.
Eventually he signed a minor league deal before the 2013 season. He performed well enough to make the Indians roster and had a decent season.
In december 2013, Kazmir signed a two year deal with the Oakland Athletics. In 2014 he posted a 15-9 record with a 3.55 ERA. This season he went 5-5 with a 2.38 ERA before he was traded to the Houston Astros. With the Astros Kazmir won 2 games and lost 6 and posted a 4.17 ERA.
Perhaps Reuters should change the head on Twitter regarding the signing of Kazmir….