Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/22/14

22 OCT 2008: Scott Kazmir of the Rays looks skyward during the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays in Game #1 of the World Series Series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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In their effort to keep up with the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, and yes, even the Kansas City Royals, the Cleveland Indians are thinking outside the box.  They are rolling the dice and have made a relatively low-risk, high-reward signing yesterday.  Scott Kazmir signed a minor league deal with the Indians, and the team will evaluate whether he can be a contributor on the Major League level.  Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says the minor league deal includes an invite to the Major League camp at Spring Training.  Depending on how Kazmir performs this spring, that means he could break camp as a Major Leaguer again.  Kazmir was once one of the best young arms in baseball.  He was a prized posession of the Tampa Bay Rays.  However, the Rays saw his decline and injury concerns coming and dealt him before he completely fizzled out.  Kazmir's ERA exploded after he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels. With Tampa Bay, in a total of six seasons, Kazmir posted a 3.92 ERA.  In his three years in Los Angeles, his ERA jumped to 5.31.  Kazmir battled injuries and declinign performance in the last four years of his career, and he eventually found himself out of baseball.  Kazmir pitched for Puerto Rico this winter and posted a decent enough 4.37 ERA.  He was pitching against good players, so the ERA is not horrible, but if he wants to play in the Majors again, he will have to prove he can do better than that. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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