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Scott Kazmir and the Indians have discussed a new contract

Sep 29, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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The Indians and Scott Kazmir have expressed mutual interest in continuing their relationship, reports Chris Assenheimer of the Chronicle-Telegram. Kazmir has been a boon to the Indians’ pitching staff, finishing the season with a 4.04 ERA in 158 innings spanning 29 starts. The lefty averaged about a strikeout per inning pitched and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of nearly 3.5 to one.

It is especially impressive that Kazmir was on his way out of baseball, spending the 2012 season with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent league. In 64 innings with the Skeeters, he posted a 5.34 ERA with mediocre strikeout and walk rates.

Kazmir will turn 30 years old in January, which is a bit shocking considering everything he has experienced in his career already. As a top prospect in the Mets’ system, Kazmir was involved in one of the more controversial trades of the 2000’s, going to the Rays in the Victor Zambrano trade. With the Rays, Kazmir had immense success, helping them reach the World Series in 2008, where they lost to the Phillies. From 2005-08, he had a 3.51 ERA. In August 2009, the Rays sent him to the Angels, capitalizing on the lefty’s value before he hit free agency. Kazmir wasn’t the same. From 2009-11, he posted a 5.51 ERA. The Indians are hoping the worst is behind Kazmir and he can provide them a few years of reliable service in the latest chapter of his career.

  1. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Glad to see Kazmir back in MLB and going strong. I’m rooting for him.

  2. straightouttavtown - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Roger Clemens outpitched Kazmir at Sugar Land last year. Someone should give Clemens a spring training invite next year.

  3. Minoring In Baseball - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    This is a great comeback for Kazmir. All the best to him.

    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

  4. blantoncollier - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Its nice to see Kazmir not rushing to hit the open market. Kazmir has some loyalty to the Tribe for giving him a chance and sticking with him this year. Guy deserves consideration for Comeback Player of the Year!

    GO TRIBE

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