Originally posted on The GM's Perspective  |  Last updated 12/22/12

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.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lakers replace Jim Buss with Magic Johnson, fire Kupchak

Jimmy Garappolo’s mom keeping him up to speed on his trade rumors

Report: Clippers intent on keeping both Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

Slam dunks and startups: How all-star technology took over the NBA in The Big Easy

Report: Tyrod Taylor might not be released by Bills after all

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Juventus and Manchester City begin their Champions League Round of 16 campaigns

Cardinals reportedly have ‘zero interest’ in Jay Cutler

DeSean Jackson talks up return to Eagles

DeMarcus Cousins links to Lakers won’t just go away

NFL executive: Davis Webb will be top QB of draft

Report: Knicks making Derrick Rose ‘completely available’ at trade deadline

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Box Score 2/21: It's trade heartbreak season

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 100 games with two different teams

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker