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Scott Kazmir named Indians’ fifth starter, Jason Giambi makes the team

Mar 25, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

Jordan Bastian of breaks the news of two Indians moves which many have been waiting for:


When Kazmir was signed it was seen as a shot in the dark. But all he’s done this spring is strike out 13 batters in 13 innings while issuing only one walk while regaining lost velocity and impressing the Indians’ brass.

For his part, Giambi was expected to retire an/or enter the coaching ranks after his disappointing 2012 campaign and, well, the inevitable march of time. He has only hit .207 this spring, but four of his six hits were for extra bases (three homers and a double) and he took his usual walks.  Spring stats, however, were probably not the key to him making the team as much as the elder statesman persona he has successfully assumed the past couple of years, in which he has basically been an extra coach on the roster.

Whether either of these guys are still on the team come Memorial Day is anyone’s guess, but it’s kinda neat to see one old guy and one guy who, while not yet old, was considered dead and buried, getting one last chance out of spring training.

  1. mjclementz - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Can’t help but root for Kazmir, it’s a great underdog story. Jason Giambi on the other hand needs to get a nice Minor League hitting coach gig in Tuscaloosa or something. Hang it up, fella.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Giambi’s problem is that he wants to start at the top with a coaching career — based on all his mentory goodness and veteran leadership.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      I agree on Kazmir. Hope he can regain his form and it’s crazy he’s still as young as he is.

      As for Giambi as a hitting coach aside from “It’s less painful if you inject it in your buttock” I don’t think he has much more to offer than any other viable candidate.

  2. ezthinking - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    With the squad they have, how can they justify giving a roster spot to an extra coach? His pinch hits in the AL will be few. An extra reliever would seem to make more sense.

    • mjclementz - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Well we are talking about the Indians here. Sense don’t need to have anything to do with it!

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    The Indians would have saved $200,000 if they had released both Kazmir and Giambi. Guess that they really wanted them.

  4. jrs45 - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    mjclementz < trash

    • historiophiliac - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      ^^this < class

  5. ursuline86 - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Only in Cleveland can a 42 year old washed up ballplayer make the 25 man roster and cost a good, young, and DESERVING player like Cord Phelps a spot on the team. $750,000 for a player to ride the bench and maybe bat .200 does not seem like a way to win back fans or games for that matter. At least Rayburn didn’t get cut. Giambi is already on the DL and the Tribe hasn’t even broke camp yet!

    • schrutebeetfarms - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      People were critical of Jake Taylor too but led the Tribe to a division title.

    • stevosupremo89 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      It’s hard to bring Phelps up now with the MI they currently have. He isn’t going to play of Kipnis or Cabrera so he at least gets reps and a chance to get better in the minors. You don’t want a young kid like that riding the bench all year and maybe pinch hitting or DH’ing from time to time.

  6. rabbi187 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Kazmir was getting lit up pitching for the Sugarland Skeeters less than a year ago. I don’t see this ending well for him or the tribe…

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