LA Dodgers sign lefty Scott Kazmir to 3-year deal
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 31, 2015 08:20 AM
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2015, file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (26) works against the Texas Rangers during a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Kazmir has agreed to a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, in a deal announced Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Left-hander Scott Kazmir agreed to a three-year, $48 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
The three-time All-Star was among the top names left on the free-agent market after revitalizing his career over the past three seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, and Houston Astros. He ranked fourth in the American League with a 3.10 ERA last year while going 7-11 for the Athletics and the Astros.
Kazmir hailed the deal in a post on his Twitter account: "What a great day to officially be a Dodger!"
He also wished a happy 80th birthday to Dodgers Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, whom he called "my lefty idol."
Kazmir's deal includes an opt-out clause after the first year, but his arrival is a highlight in an unusual offseason for the Dodgers, whose fans are still sore about losing superstar right-hander Zack Greinke in free agency to Arizona.
Los Angeles also declined to close a deal with right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who re-signed with Seattle, and backed out of a trade for Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman after learning the Cuban had been investigated over an accusation of domestic violence.
Kazmir is headed to the National League for the first time in his six-team, 11-year Major League Baseball career.
After deciding not to make a major offseason splash with their ample cash, the three-time defending NL West champion Dodgers have assembled a potential opening day rotation featuring five left-handers: Clayton Kershaw, Kazmir, Brett Anderson, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Alex Wood.
Right-hander Brandon McCarthy also is expected to return next year after elbow ligament replacement surgery. He greeted yet another lefty's arrival on Twitter with his typical dry wit: "This is blatant handism and I'm filing a hostile workplace grievance."