The 29-year-old Kazmir, a two-time All-Star selection who signed a minor league contract with Cleveland in December, has whiffed 13 batters and is yet to allow a run in 11 innings this spring between Cactus League outings and “B” appearances.
Kazmir, who is 66-61 with a 4.17 ERA since debuting as a professional with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in August 2004, hasn’t pitched in the majors since getting fired by the Angels in June 2011.
As the American League strikeout king in 2007, the southpaw inexplicably lost his velocity and command overnight.
Despite posting an unsightly 5.54 ERA over his final four years, Kazmir is still young and, considering Cleveland went a porous 68-94 in 2012, the hurler is undoubtedly worth a small gamble.
Even more storybook, if able to permanently recapture his brilliance, perhaps Scott Kazmir could one day help lead the Cleveland Indians to their first World Series title since 1948.by