Giants, Scott Kazmir Agree To Minor League Deal
Comeback season is upon us, it appears. The Giants have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Scott Kazmir, stories ESPN’s Buster Olney. He’ll be invited to Main League Spring Coaching.
It’s been almost 5 years since Kazmir, now 37, pitched within the Majors with the Dodgers. Present San Francisco president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi was serving as common supervisor beneath president Andrew Friedman in Los Angeles at that time, and he was additionally an assistant GM within the Athletics’ entrance workplace in 2013 when Oakland inked Kazmir to a two-year deal.
There’s some apparent historical past between Zaidi and Kazmir, who at one level was one of many recreation’s brightest younger starters. Kazmir broke out with the Rays in 2005, drawing Rookie of the Yr votes that season and occurring to make a pair of All-Star groups with Tampa Bay, the place he posted a 3.51 ERA and a 25.1 p.c strikeout charge from 2005-2008 (again when the league-average strikeout share was simply 17 p.c).
Accidents appeared to have derailed Kazmir’s profession after a disastrous stint with the Angels. He recorded simply 5 outs within the Majors from 2011-12 and at risk of washing out totally earlier than even celebrating his 30th birthday. However Kazmir parlayed a minor league take care of the Indians — not not like the one he’s now signing with the Giants — into a robust rebound marketing campaign in 2013. He rewarded the A’s with an All-Star season in ’14 and a robust first half in ’15 earlier than being traded to the Astros. Accidents once more waylaid Kazmir within the second and third seasons of his three-year pact with the Dodgers, and he hasn’t been on a giant league mound since Sept. 2016.
General, Kazmir owns a lifetime 4.01 ERA that, remarkably, is an actual match with each his FIP and his SIERA. He’s fanned 22.2 p.c of his opponents on the MLB degree in opposition to a 9.Four p.c stroll charge. These numbers come throughout as that of a 3rd or fourth starter, however Kazmir has proven on a number of events that when he’s at his greatest, he’s a superb deal higher than that.
Whether or not he has something left within the tank stays to be seen, however Olney notes that Kazmir hit 92-93 mph in current bullpen periods. He’s by no means been a very laborious thrower, in order that velocity aligns properly with Kazmir’s peak years. Even throughout his All-Star campaigns in 2006, 2008 and 2014, Kazmir averaged simply north of 91 mph on his heater.
There’s no hurt within the Giants having a look this spring to see if Kazmir has one other rebound in him — even when this comeback appears all of the extra unbelievable given his age and his significantly longer layoff from pitching within the Majors. He’ll add one other intriguing, high-upside arm to a Giants employees that has rolled the cube on Aaron Sanchez, Alex Wooden and Anthony DeSclafani on Main League offers.