Cleveland Indians sign Scott Kazmir to minor league deal


The Cleveland Indians have signed left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir to a minor league contract according to Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes. He has also been invited to spring training.

Kazmir suffered from multiple injuries and problems with mechanics beginningĀ  during the 2008 season with the Tampa Bay Rays which gradually reduced his effectiveness over the next two seasons.

He was traded to the Los Angeles Angels in August 2009 where he went 2-2 in six games posting a 1.73 ERA. His performance deteriorated during the 2010 season, ending with a 5.94 ERA. Kazmir pitched in only 1.2 innings in 2011, before he was was released.

The thoughts are that Kazmir is a low risk to sign to a minor league deal as he was reportedly throwing in the 90-94 MPH range during winter ball in Puerto Rico.

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