Cleveland Indians part ways with Scott Kazmir

For the second time in 10 days, the Cleveland Indians have lost an important part of their pitching staff to free agency as Scott Kazmir came to terms with the A’s.

The Oakland Athletics’s are in the final stages of adding left handed pitcher Scott Kazmir to their rotation. Kazmir will receive a 2 year contract. Although the A’s organization has not confirmed, the deal is reportedly worth $22 million.

This ends the club’s attempt to re-sign Bartolo Colon.

Kazmir finished the 2013 season with the Indians 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 29. He was averaging 9.2 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings. Also, he went 7-5 with a 3.06 ERA in his final 18 starts.

This leaves a hole in the Indians’ starting rotation, as Kazmir’s flight to the West Coast follows that of reliever Joe Smith, who reached a three year, $15.75 million with the Angels on November 23.

So if you’re keeping track, Kazmir went from a $1 million deal to a two year, $22 million contract in 28 starts. That’s what you can call a raise.

The Tribe never made more than a one year offer to Kazmir. There was some concern about his ability to stay healthy over the length of a multi-year deal.

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As of right now, the Cleveland Indians’ rotation looks something like this:

Justin Masterson

Danny Salazar

Corey Kluber

Zach McAllister

Carlos Carrasco/Trevor Bauer – whoever wins that 5th spot.

Not a terrible lineup, but the Tribe may want to look for more of a veteran to start on this ball club.

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