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Scott Kazmir is back and better than ever

Jun 20, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

Scott Kazmir AP

Scott Kazmir finished last season very strong with a 2.57 ERA and 43/4 K/BB ratio in five September starts and pitched well overall for the Indians, but when it came time to cash in as a free agent teams proved skeptical about his career being back on track after he fell all the way down to independent ball.

Kazmir ended up signing a two-year, $22 million deal with the A’s, which was less than half of what fellow free agent starters like Ubaldo Jimenez, Matt Garza, and Rickey Nolasco got and even a step below the money that went to clearly inferior talents like Scott Feldman and Jason Vargas.

Now the A’s look brilliant for taking the risk on Kazmir and the 30-year-old left-hander looks every bit like the dominant pitcher who starred for the Rays from 2004-2008. Last night Kazmir tossed seven innings of two-run ball against the Red Sox, improving to 9-2 with a 2.08 ERA on the season. Dating back to June 20 of last season–one calendar year–Kazmir has started 33 games with a 2.59 ERA and 187/44 K/BB ratio in 198 innings while allowing just 13 homers.

Kazmir went four years without being an effective big leaguer and two of those seasons without throwing a single pitch in the majors, but now at age 30 he looks as good as ever.

  1. dcarlock - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Another one my “Metsies” let go years ago! OH THE PAIN!!!

    • neoshweaty - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      That trade was horrible at the time and looks worse and worse as the years go on.

      Hasn’t it seemed like Kazmir has been in the league forever? Yet, he’s only 30 (which seems to be young for effective lefties). Wish him so much luck.

  2. rawdog2013 - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    He’s pitching great and should be an All Star. Kazmir, Gray, Doolittle, Donaldson & Moss all should be.

  3. blabidibla - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    His change up saved his career. Made Bogaerts look foolish on a pitch almost 2 feet outside the zone last night.

  4. zzalapski - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Maybe there’s hope for Daniel Bard after all.

  5. monsor - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Worst trade in my lifetime. To put some context on it, that would be like trading Noah Syndagaard or Zach Wheeler for Chad Billingsly and …oh I don’t know….let’s say a bag of pucks.

    • clydeserra - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      he was involved in 2 bad trades, the one for Sean Rodriguez was pretty bad too. Only, he was the bad part

  6. aceshigh11 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Good for him!

    I was sure he had a case of the yips and was done. Must’ve taken a lot of hard work to get back to what he was…congrats.

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