Dodgers News: Team Signs Scott Kazmir

So, about never getting any news…

Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers announced they officially signed Scott Kazmir, which is somewhat fitting that they’d sign a left-handed pitcher on Sandy Koufax’s 80th birthday.

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Let’s get it directly from the Dodgers’ Twitter account.

The immediate reaction is to wonder about an all-left-handed rotation in a division featuring Paul Golschmidt and Buster Posey, but it’s hard to imagine this is where the Dodgers will stop this offseason for that very reason.

The news also gets at how little the Dodgers leak information up until the very last moment.

Kazmir has been tied to the organization, but only in a “hey, the market is dwindling and the Dodgers still need starting pitcher” kind of manner.

Here’s Jon Heyman with more details:

The contract gives flexibility to both entities. Kazmir, who would hope to make more on the open market has the opportunity to prove himself once again next year and opt out if need be.

The Dodgers get Kazmir at a very reasonable price with little long-term commitment compared to other contracts handed out this offseason.

The deal also doesn’t preclude them from pursuing Kenta Maeda further, given the reasonable rate (roughly $16 million per year) they attained Kazmir at.

Continue reading for the full press release.

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the signing of left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir to a three-year contract.

Kazmir, 31, has a 98-90 career record with a 3.96 ERA in 272 games (271 starts) in 11 big league seasons, all in the American League, with the Rays (2004-09), Angels (2009-11), Indians (2013), Athletics (2014-15) and Astros (2015). The three-time All-Star (2006, ’08, ’14) has posted double-digit victories in seven of his 11 MLB seasons and has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning during the course of his career with 1,474 Ks in 1,553.1 innings, including a career high and AL-best 239 strikeouts in 2007 with Tampa Bay.

In 2015 with Oakland and Houston, Kazmir combined to post a 7-11 record with a 3.10 ERA in 31 starts, ranking among the AL’s best in ERA (4th), opponents’ batting average (.237, 15th) and WHIP (1.21, 15th). He produced a 43.4 groundball percentage and forced an average of 0.84 double plays per 9.0 innings, the eighth-highest mark in the AL.

Kazmir was originally selected by the Mets in the first round (15th overall) in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft out of Cypress Falls High School in Houston. He was subsequently acquired by the Rays on July 30, 2004 and made his big league debut on Aug. 23, 2004. 

To create room on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles designated outfielder Daniel Fields for assignment.

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