On June 16 2011, Kazmir was officially released by the Halos following a disastrous start in Tripe-A where he was 0-5, with an ERA north of 17.
Kazmir only made one start for the club this season before being demoted to Triple-A, but since arriving in Anaheim via trade back in 2009, Kazmir has been on a steady decline.
He first surfaced back in 2004 as part of the Devil Rays where he remained until the Angels traded for him in 2009.
In his five plus seasons in Tampa Bay, Kazmir had a 55-44 record, posting a 3.92 ERA in 144 starts. Kazmir was good, named to two All-Star Teams in 2006 and 2008; and in 2007 he lead the majors in strikeouts, fanning 239 batters that season.
Since the beginning, Kazmir had continuously agonized from strains in his elbow and shoulder due to lacking a consistent release point. My guess is the Angels thought his mechanics were fixable, as Kazmir was only 6 feet tall, short by MLB pitching standards but easier to tweak. Also, being 25-years old at the time and a lefty didn’t hurt either.
Well, the relationship between Kazmir and the Halos resembled an arranged marriage that seemed doomed from the start.
Incoming with hurt feelings that the Rays let him go, Kazmir hasn’t been able to recover and has been so ineffective it is mind-boggling.
First Kazmir’s velocity went south; then he lost total command of his pitches and was accused for his lack of work ethic.
Who really knows, but fact remains that in 2010 things got ugly. As Kazmir finished with a 9-15 record in 28 starts, posting a 5.94 ERA, giving up a career high 99 earned runs, 25 home-runs and he only pitched 150 innings in total.
This season, the Halos gave him another shot to get it together. Kazmir imploded in his first outing and was sent down to Triple-A immediately, where he as been up until a few days ago.
Kazmir is now only 27-year-old, and without question has exhibited consistent dominance for long enough periods that will leave him with options, but it is now or never.
So, presumably you can bet the Yankees are not the only team thinking about inking him to minor league deal.
Dan Martin from the NY Post reports the New York Mets have shown interest, ironically the team drafted Kazmir before handing him over to the Devil Rays. Maybe a welcome homecoming of familiarity would work?
No doubt all the factors of a good comeback story are certainly here.
Whether Kazmir wants to pitch for the remainder of 2011 on a Minor League contract is what no one can verify. The Halos still owe him a $9 million dollar paycheck for the remainder of the season, so if he does sign somewhere it is not cause he needs the money.
As for what I think regarding the Yankees signing Kazmir on as their new project?
Well, whether Kazmir can get better depends on whether he can turn his bitterness into motivation.
So, my opinion is that I don’t really care because Kazmir would only be seen in the Bronx if he righted himself, and who doesn’t love a good bargain buy.
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- Angels release Scott Kazmir (fanaticsportsandcards.com)
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