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Indians add Scott Kazmir on minor league deal

Dec 21, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

Scott Kazmir AP

The bidding war wasn’t enough to get Scott Kazmir a major league contract, but there was considerable interest in the left-hander after a fine month in Puerto Rico and the Indians signed him to a minor league deal on Friday, according to The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes

Kazmir was 0-2 with a 4.37 ERA for Carolina in Puerto Rico, but it came with a nice 27/8 K/BB ratio and just one homer allowed in 22 2/3 innings.

The soon-to-be 29-year-old Kazmir hasn’t pitched in the majors since getting lit up by the Royals on April 3, 2011. The Angels quickly stashed him on the DL, and he went 0-5 with a 17.02 ERA in Triple-A before receiving his release. He opened 2012 out of baseball, only to later sign with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters and go 3-6 with a 5.34 ERA in 14 starts.

Kazmir figures to open 2013 in the rotation at Triple-A, but the Indians won’t keep him there long if he impresses. If he’s recovered some of his lost velocity, he could help at the back of the rotation.

  1. tashkalucy - Dec 21, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    ” If he’s recovered some of his lost velocity, he could help at the back of the rotation.”

    In the Indians case, the back of the rotation is the same as the front of the rotation.

  2. ronswansonsdinner - Dec 21, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    What Met GM traded Kazmir again, Phillips or Minaya? Loved Scott Kazmir as a Devil Ray. I hope he sticks with the Indians.

    • tuberippin - Dec 22, 2012 at 2:29 AM

      Steve Phillips traded Kazmir (when he was the Mets’ #1 prospect) to Tampa Bay in exchange for the rights to the storied career of Victor Zambrano.

  3. thekingdave - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Interim GM Jim Duquette I believe

    • bbk1000 - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:58 AM

      Yea, it was this numbskull along with a cast of others.

      I heard Jim once telling the story about how the Mets management were on a conference call about the trade and nobody really gave their opinion one way or the other, and then he was told to make the trade. Just goes to show you how bad this franchise was (is)?

      I still think Peterson and Leiter were pushing for this trade and went to Wilpon directly and asked for it and this is why it happened. That is the way the Mets worked back then.

      The Wilpon’s are bad owners, not baseball people by any stretch of the imagination.

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