Originally written November 23, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:
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In Buster Olney’s latest ESPN Insider notebook, which fittingly focused on how teams like Cleveland can’t compete for typical free agents, he added in a little footnote about lefty Scott Kazmir’s free agency status. Olney mentioned that Kazmir had a scheduled start rained out Wednesday, but had performed well earlier with improved velocity. Most notably though, Olney wrote that several teams had been scouting Kazmir, yet only noted the Cleveland Indians by name. Kazmir, who turns 29 in January, has had a rocky recent pitching career after a promising start with Tampa Bay. In his last full MLB season, he went 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA for Anaheim in 2010. Kazmir then was pitching for the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate before being released by the organization in July 2011. Kicked to the curb, he struggled again in the independent leagues in 2012. A former first-round draft pick and top prospect, Kazmir clearly wouldn’t be the sexiest of possible free agent acquisitions for the Indians at all, but seems to fit their style. At a low-risk, low-dollar figure amount, he’s likely worth a possible flier because of the team’s starting pitching woes. [Related: Indians Roster Moves: Matt LaPorta outrighted to Columbus]
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