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Scott Kazmir probably won’t get an offer from the Marlins

Dec 7, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

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Scott Kazmir, who sat out the rest of the season after being let go by the Angels in June, began his comeback in the Dominican Winter League with an ugly outing Wednesday. He gave up four runs while retiring just one batter for Escogido.

Kazmir made only one start (5 ER in 1 2/3 IP) for the Angels last season before being shuffled off to the disabled list and, later, to the waiver wire. He went 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA in 28 starts in 2010. His best slider is long gone, and his struggles at finding a consistent release point have left him with very little in the way of command. While he’s just turning 28 in January, he may be done as a major league pitcher.

  1. lyon810 - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    This is just plain mean lol

    We’re kicking a dead-horse that’s been down on the ground for a year now

    • Old Gator - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:37 PM

      Yeah, really. Never new Matthew had so much Dick Cheney in him.

      • Old Gator - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:38 PM

        knew.

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      • hittfamily - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:12 AM

        At least his kids will get to mop up James Shields’ kids throwup with Newt’s plan.

  2. beerjunkie - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    What a shame.

  3. xmatt0926x - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    It has to be tough to be so young and you’ve been told since you were 14 when coaches started kissing your ass and telling you what a legend you will someday become and now it’s all over. Just a couple years ago he was going to be an elite Major League star for years to come and make $100 million and it all just went away. He probably just can’t accept that. It is getting embarassing though.

  4. hammyofdoom - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Ugh it KILLS me to see whats happened with Scott Kazmir. Every time he pitched against the Red Sox it was a day to circle on the calendar and he was one of the more entertaining young pitchers to watch. I can only wonder what would have happened if his transition to 200 innings had been a little more staggered, not going from freakin’ 133 innings in 04 to 186 in 05 while letting him strike out and walk the field with 100 pitch 5 inning games while he was young.

  5. ukcardsfan - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Send him to St. Louis, they’re not going to be able to afford any one better if we land Albert anyway. Give Scotty a one year deal with options and the Dave Duncan treatment…stranger things have happened…

  6. crankyfrankie - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Pat Jordan wrote a great book about this called ” a false spring” Hard to find but a really good read. Yes Pat Jordan the author was a Braves prospect long ago. Is Kazmir’s arm shot?

  7. billymc75 - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Maybe a nice project for mike Maddux

    • lyon810 - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:39 PM

      “project” is an understatement. need to tear him down and rebuild completely. the guy is getting shelled in an inning of south american winter ball, this is a massive undertaking

  8. brucewaynewins - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    He’ll end up with a minor league deal from the Reds. It’s Walt’s specialty.

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