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Scott Kazmir | Starting Pitcher | #29

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/24/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 185
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (15) / NYM
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Dodgers signed LHP Scott Kazmir to a three-year, $48 million contract.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reported the contract terms. Per CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the deal includes an opt-out after one year. After watching Zack Greinke leave for the Diamondbacks and backing away from Hisashi Iwakuma due to a failed physical, the Dodgers have finally landed an arm for their rotation. Kazmir turns 32 in January and posted a 3.10 ERA and 155/59 K/BB ratio over 183 innings this past season between the A's and Astros. Because he was traded midseason, he will not cost a draft pick. It's unclear what the addition of Kazmir means for the team's pursuit of Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda. As things stand, the Dodgers' rotation is extremely lefty-heavy. Wed, Dec 30, 2015 03:20:00 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are talking to free agent left-hander Scott Kazmir.

After losing Zack Greinke to the Diamondbacks and backing away from Hisashi Iwakuma due to a failed physical, the Dodgers are looking at all avenues to upgrade their rotation. The club has been linked to Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda while some executives believe they could be a fit for free agent Wei-Yin Chen. The one advantage with Kazmir is that he won't cost a draft pick. The southpaw posted a 3.10 ERA and 155/59 K/BB ratio in 183 innings this past season between the Athletics and Astros.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 09:55:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals, Orioles and Royals are among the teams looking at Scott Kazmir.

The Cardinals had been connected to the southpaw but have moved on after signing Mike Leake. Houston, which of course is where Kazmir finished the season, has also reportedly been interested in re-signing him. Kazmir reportedly has a few three-year offers on the table but is looking for a fourth guaranteed year. He held a 3.10 ERA last season between the Athletics and Astros.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 07:27:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics are no longer in pursuit of Scott Kazmir.

Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reported over the weekend that the A's were still in on the left-hander, but Rosenthal says their signing of Henderson Alvarez "takes them out of play" for Kazmir. The Royals, Cardinals, Orioles, Astros and Nationals are reportedly in on the southpaw. Kazmir held a 3.10 ERA last season between the Athletics and Astros.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 11:53:00 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Royals, A's, Cardinals, Orioles, Astros, and Nationals are the finalists for free agent starter Scott Kazmir.

Nightengale says there is "nothing imminent yet," but it sounds like the 31-year-old left-hander could be the next domino to fall on a free agent market that still carries some big-time names. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported over the weekend that Kazmir had a few three-year offers on the table but was looking for a team to give him a fourth guaranteed year. He did not finish the 2015 season on the highest of notes, posting a 4.17 ERA across his final 73 1/3 regular-season innings with the Astros. Kazmir had a 2.38 ERA in 109 2/3 innings with Oakland before the July 23 trade to Houston, and he was pretty good throughout 2014.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 09:08:00 AM

Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Athletics "remain in pursuit" of Scott Kazmir.

The A's have already signed Rich Hill and Henderson Alvarez this winter, but it appears they might not be done as they look to upgrade their pitching staff. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman has reported that Kazmir already has a couple three-year offers in hand but is looking for a fourth year. The left-hander posted a 3.12 ERA in 50 starts for the A's over the last season and a half, before struggling somewhat down the stretch with Houston in 2015. The Orioles and Royals are a couple other clubs in the running for Kazmir.
Source: CSN Bay Area
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 03:50:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are in on free agent starter Scott Kazmir.

This comes shortly after the news that the Dodgers have backed away from their three-year, $45 million agreement with Hisashi Iwakuma due to issues with his pre-signing physical examination. Kazmir also carries some injury concerns and he wasn't very good down the stretch this summer with Houston, but Rosenthal says Los Angeles is "not ruling out anyone" at this point. It has been a frustrating offseason so far for the Dodgers.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 12:08:00 PM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "gets the sense" the Pirates will not pursue starting pitchers commanding $10 million annual salaries including Scott Kazmir and Mike Leake.

Leake has never been on the Pirates' radar but Pittsburgh did meet with Kazmir's representatives at the Winter Meetings. Kazmir would be a great fit but it sounds like he's going to be out of the Pirates' price range. For now, they'll go into the season with a starting rotation of Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Jon Niese, Jeff Locke and Allen Webster.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 08:27:00 PM

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros met with Scott Kazmir's representatives on Monday.

Kazmir really struggled down the stretch for the Astros after arriving in Houston at the trade deadline, but he's interested in giving it another shot. That he's from Houston certainly doesn't hurt his interest, either. Drellich says 8-10 clubs have shown interest in the left-hander. He's looking to top Hisashi Iwakuma's three-year, $45 million contract.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 12:49:00 AM

According to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates will meet with the representatives for Scott Kazmir at this week's Winter Meetings.

Kazmir makes all the sense in the world for the Bucs, but he's drawing free agent interest from close to a dozen teams and could ultimately be priced out of Pittsburgh's range. The meet-and-greet in Nashville should provide some clarity for the Pirates front office. Kazmir, 31, had a 3.10 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 155/59 K/BB ratio in 183 innings this past season between the Athletics and Astros.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 01:54:00 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are one of the many teams to have expressed interest in free agent southpaw Scott Kazmir.

The 31-year-old hurler was an All-Star for the A's in 2014 before being dealt away midway through the 2015 campaign. He thoroughly enjoyed his time in Oakland and has many close friends on the team, so he may be willing to take a bit less money to return there. There are reportedly 10-12 teams that are interested in his services.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 07:56:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Royals are "in pursuit" of Scott Kazmir.

Kansas City is close to completing a deal to bring back Chris Young, but apparently they're not done when it comes to pitching. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier Sunday that Kazmir is talking to 10-12 teams, so there is stiff competition for his services. The Dodgers are another club known to have interest.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 04:04:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Scott Kazmir is talking to 10-12 teams.

Kazmir is among the secondary arms on the market that should find a home before long with top arms David Price and Zack Greinke now off the board. The Dodgers are one club that's expressed interest in Kazmir, although it sounds like he should have plenty of options. Kazmir held a 3.10 ERA over 31 starts for the A's and Astros this past season.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 12:57:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers on Friday reached out to their secondary pitching options in the event they're unable to re-sign Zack Greinke.

Greinke is expected to choose either the Dodgers or Giants soon. The feeling is that the Dodgers remain the favorites for the right-hander, but the club needs to prepare contingency plans. They include Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Scott Kazmir and Hisashi Iwaukuma, according to Rosenthal.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 05:39:00 PM

Scott Kazmir wasn't particularly sharp in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, surrendering three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Royals.

The veteran southpaw struck out four and walked one in the contest. It wasn't much different than how he finished the regular season, stumbling to a 5.89 ERA over his final nine starts. The Royals didn't mount any big rallies against him, but were able to scratch out single runs in the second and third innings and another to chase him in the sixth. It's unclear if the Astros will trust him to make another postseason start should the Astros advance to the ALCS.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 07:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
3Austin Barnes
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Chase Utley
3Micah Johnson
4Charlie Culberson
SS1Corey Seager
3B1Justin Turner
2Alex Guerrero
LF1Andre Ethier
2Carl Crawford
3Trayce Thompson
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Scott Van Slyke
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Scott Kazmir
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Brett Anderson
5Kenta Maeda
6Alex Wood
7Brandon McCarthy
8Mike Bolsinger
9Brandon Beachy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Chris Hatcher
3J.P. Howell
4Pedro Baez
5Luis Avilan
6Yimi Garcia
7Adam Liberatore
8Carlos Frias
9Frankie Montas
10Ian Thomas
11Josh Ravin
12Joe Blanton