Indians sign Scott Kazmir to a minor league contract
December 21, 2012
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians have reached an agreement with free agent left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir on a minor league contract with an invite to Major League spring training.
Kazmir, 28, did not pitch for a Major League organization last season and in 2011 was limited to just six total appearances between the Angels and their Triple-A Salt Lake affiliate. He pitched in independent ball this past season for Sugar Land in the Atlantic League and in 14 starts went 3-6 with a 5.34 ERA (64.0 IP, 74 H, 8 HR, 33 B, 51 K). He has been pitching winter ball this offseason in the Puerto Rico Winter League and in five starts is 0-2 with a 4.37 ERA (22.2 IP, 28 H, 1 HR, 8 BB, 27 K).
Kazmir has battled some consistency and health issues the past few years which is why he did not sign with a Major League team last year. He is reportedly throwing 90-94 MPH in the Puerto Rico Winter League and has looked much better, and several teams have been intrigued by his showing and had interest in signing him.
This is a depth signing for the Indians and gives them another option to throw into the mix for the starting rotation this spring, and will probably serve more as depth in the minor leagues this coming season until a need arises and he can prove he is healthy. His signing should not interfere with any pursuits the Indians have to sign a starting pitcher to a guaranteed deal to fill a spot in their rotation. They are expected to continue to search for such an option on the free agent and trade front.
With the recent loss of Rafael Perez and Tony Sipp, the Indians also lack a veteran left-hander in the bullpen, and it is a role that Kazmir could fit into with the club initially as well. The Indians have internal options such as Scott Barnes, Nick Hagadone and David Huff to fill a left-handed role in their bullpen, but neither is experienced or reliable enough for a primary left-handed setup role coming out of spring training. Given Kazmir's injury history, he is not necessarily reliable himself, but he helps add another option to the mix.
Follow Tony and the Indians Prospect Insider on Twitter @TonyIBI. Also, his new book the 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider which profiles the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is available for sale.
Let's wait till the off season plays out, then we can draw our conclusions. At this point, all we can do is make stupid comments because we could do a better job than Antonetti and Shapiro in our minds.
Still get that feeling Swisher is not coming here; why I would have went after Ross initially. If Swisher doesn't come here, we will have lost on Ross directly, and potentially, Jackson indirectly, because of all of the time we put on Swisher. Don't know how much Arizona would want for Kubel, but probably would be an option, maybe a better one than Soriano, depending upon the price.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and everything else inbetween to you all as well.
Wow !! These types of moves are commonplace throughout all sports, Signings to fill minor league teams, options in case of injuries etc., and, hopefully, a player or two that will contribute at the major league level. The information provided here gives us background, stats, and opinions on these signings. Isn't that what we want, so we can throw out thoughts and ideas among all of us ?
Commenting on all of this is the fun of it, but running the people that provide this info and offer their opinions is wrong.
We all want to see deals and signings that help the Indians, and we want to see them now. But that will not happen. So be patient. There is still a lot of time.
Tony, you and your team provide all of this information, and more, so keep up the great work.
And may all of you at IPI have a Merry Christmas (politically incorrect here in Canada) and a healthy New Year so we can enjoy more of this going forward.
IBI is a wonderful website and deserves its expanding popularity... uh oh, here come the clowns, morons, less-ons, and half wits
Did I read that line right? 27 K's in 22 innings? With only 8 walks? That doesn't look too bad. I'm not crazy about the 28 hits or the ERA, but he's definitely missing some bats.
Definitely worth a shot, although he's probably this year's Kevin Slowey.
This is a solid minor league signing, one of the better ones they have made in recent years on the minor league side of things. Absolutely no risk here and while he is likely to not be anything, if he is healthy and the command has returned and the velocity is back (he is comfortably at 90-94 this offseason) then they may have more than they got.
People are entitled to their own opinions, I guess respect would be the wrong word, I guess what i meant to say is that I am ok with him expressing his opinion, but attacking Tony's (or anybody's) integrity over an opinion is downright stupid and wrong. I mean it's not a war of who is right and who is wrong, it's just their thoughts on something.
Conner, I think your the only person who respects his opinion!
Geigh... I respect your opinion as much as anybody else...and I believe that you have the right to complain about a signing....but insulting somebody's integrity, on their own site...that they put so much work into...it sickens me...
And just to be clear, I am not praising the pickup as some sort of great find. Kazmir is a lottery ticket. If the time comes that he proves to be what he was before they signed him, yeah, I'll say it is no loss then as well. Same goes for any waiver claim or minor trade. I think that is what is missed at times as simply talking about minor moves and rationalizing them and providing insight into how they might fit into things is not the same as praising them. I mean, as an example, I never really praised the Canzler pickup last year, but I rationalized it. And while people were pining for him in May and June I simply said he was not a legit ML option then as well. No one is saying these guys are great when they are picked up or awful when they are DFAed. They are minor moves, and in the end all of them have limited ML futures.
Think ur on the wrong site. Ur after the plain dealer where your posts will be most well received by other uninformed, clueless so called fans! Minor lge deal. EVERY team make at least 5 every off season. Tribe has made less then normal ( so far )
Typical Tony. Praise everything the Indians do, and then bash the players the Indians let go or trade. I mean, nigga please.
They are simply depth moves and lottery tickets potentially and the front office or ownership do not parade them as big signings with press conferences and major press releases, as they shouldn't. I understand there is a disgruntled section of the fanbase because of a lack of offseason activity in recent years, but you still have to be objective and not let your vitriol cloud your judgment.
Bottom line, this is but a blip on the radar signing. Affects nothing. They are still seeking out the same roster needs and looking for legit options to fill them.
ROFL. PUH-LEASE, SON!
Real MLB teams have more plans than just signing a bunch of washed up, out of favor players to minor league deals and hoping one or two work out so they can get a +1 WAR guy on the cheap. Who gives a f*ck. I like the Choo trade, but this is all Chris Antonetti does is sign these chitty players to minor league deals. No wonder nobody goes to games b/c there are no good players to watch.
You geigh Indians fans will say, "They are trying to sign free agents...cut them some slack!" They aren't getting the job done. They try to sign Nick Swisher by appealing to his college days at Ohio State. Swisher gives a f*ck about OSU; all he cares about are night clubs, hot chicks, drinking, hot chicks, strip clubs and hot chicks. Antonetti is too big of a dueche bag to realize that.
Oh but nevermind. All is good now b/c the Indians signed Scott Kazmir. Who's the next big signing? Joe Martinez? Wait n/m, that chit just happened. All the Indians will get is a big, fat drunk Jim Thome this offseason from free agency.
Don't be mad, I'm just being real.
I'm not blasting the front office b/c they try, but the only free agents that are willing to sign with the Indians are reclamation projects or guys coming off a bad year that are only willing to sign a 1 year deal to play in Cleveland so they can showcase themselves for some other team.
The Indians are the most minor league team in MLB.
"Reportedly throwing 90-94mph". WTF is that supposed to mean? Is he actually throwing that comfortably each FB he throws, or is that where he's been topping out?
a competition option...
Kazmir is a vet, and if healthy...could be pretty good. It ups the ante for the bottom of the rotation. I wonder if there's a "May-Clause" in there...