Found December 22, 2012 on The GM's Perspective:
Mlb-cleveland-indians-los

It appears the comeback is complete.  After spending time in the Independent Leagues with the Sugar Land Skeeters and more recently in the Winter Leagues honing his craft, Scott Kazmir is back.  According to Cleveland.com, ESPN and multiple other reports, Kazmir signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians and is invited to spring training. Pitcher and catchers are to report on February 10 in Arizona.  It really has been a long road for Kazmir who was once a highly touted first-round pick out of the New York Mets organization.  Kazmir is still amongst the all-time leaders in Tampa Bay Rays history sitting in the top five in multiple categories including; wins, games started, innings pitched, strikeouts, and k/9 (statistics courtesy of MLB.com) Unfortunately, control issues, and injuries set off a chain of events that led to an unsuccessful stint with the Los Angeles Angels and then completely out of the game.  Fortunately, the Independents Leagues have a funny way of accentuating the positives of players who were overlooked by MLB teams in the draft or resurrecting the careers of people who were lost and forgotten.  The Sugar Land Skeeters took a flyer on Kazmir this past year and despite some rough patches that included a nine walk performance against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, he regained the form that once made him an All-Star, leading to people around the game to again take notice.  In 14 games with the Skeeters he put together a 3-6 record with a 5.34 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 64 innings. Walks; his Achilles heel, were under control for the second half of his Skeeters season-allowing 3 walks or less in five of his six final starts.  His progress was seemingly over shadowed by the performances of Jason Lane who just signed with the Minnesota Twins and Roger Clemens who started a comeback trail of his own, yet Kazmir, determined to get back to the Show, continued his comeback joining the Gigantes de Carlina of the Puerto Rican Winter League.  In five starts spanning 22 innings, he went 0-2 with a 4.37 ERA, nothing earth shattering, but if you read between the lines; eight walks and 22 strikeouts, there is much more than what a won/loss record suggests.  A decrease in velocity, which was once a negative in the later part of his career, has also shown resurgence. According to Kazmir’s twitter account and reports through Jon Heyman of CBS, he was once again touching between 90mph and 94 mph on the radar gun.  Much of this hype gained some steam during the baseball Winter Meetings held in Nashville. Many rumours were swirling that a variety of teams were interested (previously reported by The GM’s Perspective, and it appears they were true!  Everyone looks for a comeback story and this one fits the mould perfectly. Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

MLB Free Agency: Indians sign Scott Kazmir to minor-league deal

As was rumored last month, the Indians have inked a deal with lefty Scott Kazmir to a minor league deal, as was reported by Paul Hoynes tonight. Kazmir, set to turn 29 years old in January, hasn’t pitched regularly in the big leagues since going 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA for Anaheim in 2010. A former first-round draft pick and promising start for Tampa Bay earlier last decade, his career...

Flashback Video: Dandy Marte Strikes Out Nick Swisher

Today the Indians got their man, in the form of a shiny new four-year $56 million contract to secure the services of Nick Swisher. Swisher is known to most for his ebullient and outgoing nature both in the clubhouse and with fans. But to me, he’s most known as Dandy Marte’s lone strikeout victim in a career of otherwise spectacular failure.  Marte (née Andy) was once touted...

Bowden: Swisher giving “serious consideration” to Indians’ offer

ESPN’s Jim Bowen tweets that OF Nick Swisher is mulling the Tribe’s offer: Nick Swisher giving serious consideration to 4-year $52mm offer from Indians….preferred LAD,LAA,NYY because of wife acting but not avail — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 22, 2012 The Tribe made their pitch to the former Ohio State outfielder on Tuesday and Swisher visited other teams throughout...

Indians sign Swisher to 4-year, $56 million deal

As first reported by the New York Daily News‘ Mark Feinsand, the Indians and Nick Swisher have agreed to a 4 year deal worth $56 million. BREAKING: Nick Swisher has agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal with the Indians. Vesting $14M option for a 5th year could make it $70M. — Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 23, 2012 The deal also is reported to have a $14 million vesting...

While We’re Waiting… Big Brother Buckeye, Comeback Kazmir, and a ‘Fire Joe Morgan Book’?

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. While I can certainly see Ohio State’s point of view, this seems fairly creepy. ““There’s nothing else out there that I’m aware of that is this extreme,” says...

Swisher says hello, #RollTribe

Nick Swisher signing isn’t the biggest free agency news in MLB this off-season, but it’s very big for a Cleveland Indians team that needed an outfielder and some serious clubhouse leadership. Well, the fact that Swisher has roots in Ohio isn’t too bad either. Wow! What a crazy few weeks. Hey Cleveland! Are you ready? Because I’m coming home! #RollTribe — Nick Swisher (...

Nick Swisher: A Risk Worth Taking

There are plenty of reasons to be bearish on the Nick Swisher signing that locks him in for at least four years and $56 million, and I think some of the unbridled enthusiasm 1 out there might need a wee-bit of tempering before we get too far ahead of ourselves. For one, he could get hurt.  Just because he has a track record of impeccable health—Swisher has played at least 148...

Swisher headed to Cleveland

The Cleveland Indians finally landed a top free agent Sunday, reaching agreement with right fielder Nick Swisher on a four-year, $56 million contract. The deal, first reported by the New York Daily News and later confirmed by Swisher on Twitter, includes a vesting option for a fifth season. The Indians previously had made failed four-year offers to outfielder Shane Victorino and...

Report: Indians in the market for OF Michael Bourn

A bit of surprising news on the free agency trail today: The Indians are reportedly on the short list of teams “in the market” for OF Michael Bourn, according to a tweet from ESPN and XM analyst Jim Bowden. Michael Bourn’s market includes: Sea, Cleve, Mia, Phil, NYM, TX — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 21, 2012 Tony Lastoria, writer for the newly rebranded Indians...

Nick Swisher signs with Indians, effectively upgrading their outfield

The Cleveland Indians signed Nick Swisher to a four-year, $56 million deal on Sunday with a vesting option for a fifth season. Cleveland was the only serious suitor for Swisher, who preferred to play for a large market team like the Yankees, Angels, or Dodgers, but none had a spot for him in their budget this winter. Swisher will essentially be replacing Shin-Soo Choo, who was...
NEW BEGINNING

Swisher signs with the Indians

Nick Swisher has reportedly signed a four-year deal with the Cleveland Indians worth $56 million.

Indians Rumors: Nick Swisher Seriously Considering Cleveland’s Offer

Free agent outfielder Nick Swisher is “giving serious consideration” to the four-year, $52 million offer the Cleveland Indians have extended him, reports Jim Bowden of ESPN. Nick Swisher giving serious consideration to 4-year $52mm offer from Indians....preferred LAD,LAA,NYY because of wife acting but not avail — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 22, 2012 ...

Indians sign Nick Swisher

The Cleveland Indians have signed Nick Swisher to a four-year deal worth $56mm, Mark Feindsand of the New York Daily News reports. The deal also includes a $14mm fifth year vesting option and can vest based on a certain number of plate appearances in ‘16. Indians had interest in Swisher from the get go, but the Indians may not have been his first choice. Swisher's wife who...

Minor League deals: Kazmir and Bonderman

Here's a running list of recent Minor League deals around the Major Leagues: – Left handed pitcher Scott Kazmir agreed to a Minor League deal with the Cleveland Indians according to Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer. The deal includes an invitation for Spring Training. Kazmir is looking to resurrect his career after a solid winter season in Puerto Rico where he went 0-2 with...

While We’re Waiting… Previewing Peyton, Time Consuming Replays, and Waiting on Swisher

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Peyton Manning versus a Browns team full of lame ducks… I’m scared. “We’ll worry about the Steelers after the Christmas cheer dies down. For now, the Broncos await...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.