After the solid Winter League performance Scott Kazmir had, it was just a matter of time before he got a minor league deal with a team. That team happens to be the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland officially confirmed the signing of Kazmir to a minor league contract yesterday. We already knew the deal was coming, but the Indians have now made it official.
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians will invite Kazmir to big league camp and he will be given the opportunity to compete for a job with the Major League club out of spring. Kazmir was scouted pretty heavily during Winter League play, so the signing comes as no surprise.
Kazmir was one of the most promising young pitchers in baseball until injuries and a mental block of sorts caught up to him. Kazmir has been out of the Majors for a full season now. He pitched gave the Tampa Bay Rays six solid years before struggling with the Los Angeles Angels.
Kazmir has a career 4.17 ERA. However, in his time with the Rays, Kazmir posted a 3.92 ERA in 145 games. He is a two-time All-Star and finished ninth in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2005.
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