|Dec. 4 1:26 PM PT2:26 PM MT3:26 PM CT4:26 PM ET16:26 ET21:26 GMT5:26 CST2:26 PM MST4:26 PM EST4:56 PM VEN1:26 UAE (+1)3:26 PM CT-Kazmir has finalized his $22 million, two-year contract with the Athletics. The two-time defending AL West champions announced the deal Wednesday after Kazmir passed his physical.
Analysis: The addition of Kazmir fills a key rotation spot with a player familiar with the division after his stint for the Los Angeles Angels. That was before the two-time All-Star was limited to one start in 2011 before going on the disabled list with a lower back strain. The 29-year-old Kazmir then spent the 2012 season with independent Sugar Land before bouncing back to go 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts and 158 innings for Cleveland this year.
|Dec. 2 2:22 PM PT3:22 PM MT4:22 PM CT5:22 PM ET17:22 ET22:22 GMT6:22 CST3:22 PM MST5:22 PM EST5:52 PM VEN2:22 UAE (+1)4:22 PM CT-A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir is closing in on a $22 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics. The new contract would be pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the team hadn't finalized the deal or formally announced interest in Kazmir.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Kazmir went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts and 158 innings last season for the Cleveland Indians. It marked his return to the big leagues for the first time since making one poor outing for the Angels in 2011, which followed a 9-15 performance in 2010 for Los Angeles.
|Sep. 29 8:42 AM PT9:42 AM MT10:42 AM CT11:42 AM ET11:42 ET15:42 GMT23:42 CST8:42 AM MST10:42 AM EST11:12 AM VEN19:42 UAE10:42 AM CT-Kazmir ended his regular season by striking out 11 over six innings in a 5-1 win at Minnesota on Saturday.
Analysis: Kazmir allowed one run and six hits in the win. He walked two. He's 3-2 with a 2.57 ERA with 43 strikeouts over 28 innings in his last five starts.
|Sep. 22 1:37 PM PT2:37 PM MT3:37 PM CT4:37 PM ET16:37 ET20:37 GMT4:37 CST1:37 PM MST3:37 PM EST4:07 PM VEN0:37 UAE (+1)3:37 PM CT-Kazmir fanned 10 and gave up four hits over seven innings in a 4-1 win over Houston on Saturday.
Analysis: Kazmir had been 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA over his previous four starts.
|Sep. 7 3:48 PM PT4:48 PM MT5:48 PM CT6:48 PM ET18:48 ET22:48 GMT6:48 CST3:48 PM MST5:48 PM EST6:18 PM VEN2:48 UAE (+1)5:48 PM CT-Kazmir struck out 12 and allowed four hits over six innings in an 8-1 win over the Mets on Friday.
Analysis: Kazmir came within one strikeout of matching his career high set in 2007. He had been 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA over his previous four outings.
|Sep. 1 11:25 AM PT12:25 PM MT1:25 PM CT2:25 PM ET14:25 ET18:25 GMT2:25 CST11:25 AM MST1:25 PM EST1:55 PM VEN22:25 UAE1:25 PM CT-Kazmir suffered the defeat Saturday in a 10-5 loss to Detroit.
Analysis: Kazmir (7-7) gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings.
|Aug. 19 2:54 PM PT3:54 PM MT4:54 PM CT5:54 PM ET17:54 ET21:54 GMT5:54 CST2:54 PM MST4:54 PM EST5:24 PM VEN1:54 UAE (+1)4:54 PM CT-Eight days between starts didn't appear to help Kazmir much as he suffered his second straight loss Sunday, surrendering five runs and 10 hits over five innings of a 7-3 loss at Oakland.
Analysis: With 10 runs allowed in his last eight innings, Kazmir's season may have taken a turn for the worse.
|Aug. 10 2:43 PM PT3:43 PM MT4:43 PM CT5:43 PM ET17:43 ET21:43 GMT5:43 CST2:43 PM MST4:43 PM EST5:13 PM VEN1:43 UAE (+1)4:43 PM CT-Kazmir has been pushed back in the Cleveland rotation following a rough start.
Analysis: Kazmir allowed five runs in the first inning Friday night in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. He pitched three innings and said after the game that he had a ``dead arm.'' Indians manager Terry Francona said Kazmir would be moved back at least a couple of days. Francona didn't give a specific date when Kazmir would start again. Carlos Carrasco will start in Kazmir's place on Wednesday against Minnesota. He pitched five scoreless innings in relief Friday.
|Aug. 5 3:43 PM PT4:43 PM MT5:43 PM CT6:43 PM ET18:43 ET22:43 GMT6:43 CST3:43 PM MST5:43 PM EST6:13 PM VEN2:43 UAE (+1)5:43 PM CT-Kazmir extended his unbeaten run to 10 starts in Cleveland's 2-0 win at Miami on Sunday, recording his seventh win of the season after allowing two hits through six shutout innings.
Analysis: Kazmir is 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA through his 10-start undefeated stretch.
|July 25 4:25 PM PT5:25 PM MT6:25 PM CT7:25 PM ET19:25 ET23:25 GMT7:25 CST4:25 PM MST6:25 PM EST6:55 PM VEN3:25 UAE (+1)6:25 PM CT-Kazmir improved to 6-4 Wednesday as he gave up an unearned run and a hit over eight innings in Cleveland's 10-1 win at Seattle.
Analysis: Kazmir is 3-0 with a 1.60 ERA over his last seven starts as he continues to enjoy somewhat of a renaissance season.
|July 14 8:04 AM PT9:04 AM MT10:04 AM CT11:04 AM ET11:04 ET15:04 GMT23:04 CST8:04 AM MST10:04 AM EST10:34 AM VEN19:04 UAE10:04 AM CT-Kazmir (5-4) allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings of Saturday's 5-3 win over Kansas City.
Analysis: It was Kazmir's first victory since June 21 as the Indians won for the fifth time in seven games.
|June 27 1:12 PM PT2:12 PM MT3:12 PM CT4:12 PM ET16:12 ET20:12 GMT4:12 CST1:12 PM MST3:12 PM EST3:42 PM VEN0:12 UAE (+1)3:12 PM CT-Kazmir took a no-hitter into the seventh and finished with seven innings of one-hit ball in Wednesday's 4-3 win over Baltimore.
Analysis: A leadoff double in the seventh by Manny Machado was the only hit allowed by Kazmir, who gave up one unearned run and one walk in seven innings. He came out to the mound for the eighth but left with back spasms before throwing a pitch.
|June 11 10:08 AM PT11:08 AM MT12:08 PM CT1:08 PM ET13:08 ET17:08 GMT1:08 CST10:08 AM MST12:08 PM EST12:38 PM VEN21:08 UAE12:08 PM CT-Kazmir allowed eight hits and four runs with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings of Monday's 6-3 loss to Texas.
Analysis: He's allowed four runs and two walks in each of his last two starts - both losses.
|May 31 1:21 PM PT2:21 PM MT3:21 PM CT4:21 PM ET16:21 ET20:21 GMT4:21 CST1:21 PM MST3:21 PM EST3:51 PM VEN0:21 UAE (+1)3:21 PM CT-Kazmir got credit for Thursday's 7-1 win over the Reds.
Analysis: Kazmir, who was 0-1 and allowed 11 earned runs in 13 innings in his past three starts, won for the first time since May 9. He allowed one run over seven innings.
|May 10 1:29 PM PT2:29 PM MT3:29 PM CT4:29 PM ET16:29 ET20:29 GMT4:29 CST1:29 PM MST3:29 PM EST3:59 PM VEN0:29 UAE (+1)3:29 PM CT-Kazmir struck out 10 in six innings, leading Cleveland to a 9-2 win over Oakland on Thursday and a four-game sweep of the Athletics.
Analysis: Kazmir (2-1), who at this time last year wasn't even pitching professionally, allowed one run and five hits. The left-hander has won consecutive starts for the first time since 2010. "I'm not thinking about last year or what happened before that," he said. "I'm looking ahead. I'm throwing the ball well right now. I'm feeling better every time out."
|Apr. 3 4:26 PM PT5:26 PM MT6:26 PM CT7:26 PM ET19:26 ET23:26 GMT7:26 CST4:26 PM MST6:26 PM EST6:56 PM VEN3:26 UAE (+1)6:26 PM CT-Kazmir from the 15-day disabled list to start Saturday night against the Houston Astros.
Analysis: Kazmir has been on the DL with an abdominal strain. Saturday's game will be his first major league start since April 3, 2011. He made one rehabilitation start and allowed five hits and one run - none earned - in five innings.
|Apr. 2 3:38 PM PT4:38 PM MT5:38 PM CT6:38 PM ET18:38 ET22:38 GMT6:38 CST3:38 PM MST5:38 PM EST6:08 PM VEN2:38 UAE (+1)5:38 PM CT-Kazmir will miss his first scheduled start of the season because of a sore abdominal muscle on his right side.
Analysis: Kazmir felt fine after a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, but manager Terry Francona decided to play it safe rather than start Kazmir at Tampa Bay on Saturday. Kazmir will return to Cleveland for tests and rejoin the team before Friday's game against the Rays.
|Mar. 25 2:32 PM PT3:32 PM MT4:32 PM CT5:32 PM ET17:32 ET21:32 GMT5:32 CST2:32 PM MST4:32 PM EST5:02 PM VEN1:32 UAE (+1)3:32 PM CT-Kazmir, who hasn't pitched in the majors in almost two years, has won a spot in Cleveland's rotation.
Analysis: The left-hander was chosen as the Indians' No. 5 starter on Monday by manager Terry Francona as the club made several roster moves. Kazmir's comeback took him to the independent Atlantic League last season. A two-time All-Star with Tampa Bay, he outpitched a group that included Daisuke Matsuzaka in camp to make the starting staff.
|2004||TB||2||3||0 - 0||8||7||0||33.1||33||22||21||4||21||0||41||1.62||5.67||$36.33|
|2005||TB||10||9||0 - 0||32||32||0||186.0||172||90||78||12||100||3||174||1.46||3.77||$196.00|
|2006||TB||10||8||0 - 0||24||24||1||144.2||132||59||52||15||52||3||163||1.27||3.24||$213.67|
|2007||TB||13||9||0 - 0||34||34||0||206.2||196||91||80||18||89||1||239||1.38||3.48||$288.17|
|2008||TB||12||8||0 - 0||27||27||0||152.1||123||61||59||23||70||2||166||1.27||3.49||$222.83|
|2009||TB||8||7||0 - 0||20||20||0||111.0||121||77||73||15||50||0||91||1.54||5.92||$83.50|
|2009||LAA||2||2||0 - 0||6||6||0||36.1||28||8||7||1||10||0||26||1.05||1.73||$46.33|
|2009||Tot||10||9||0 - 0||26||26||0||147.1||149||85||80||16||60||0||117||1.42||4.89||$129.83|
|2010||LAA||9||15||0 - 0||28||28||0||150.0||158||103||99||25||79||2||93||1.58||5.94||$70.50|
|2011||LAA||0||0||0 - 0||1||1||0||1.2||5||5||5||1||2||0||0||4.20||27.00||-$6.83|
|2013||Cle||10||9||0 - 0||29||29||0||158.0||162||76||71||19||47||1||162||1.32||4.04||$194.50|
|Career||76||70||0 - 0||209||208||1||1180.0||1130||592||545||133||520||12||1155||1.40||4.16|
|2008||TB||Total||1||1||0 - 0||5||5||0||25.2||26||12||12||4||18||0||22||4.21|
|1||0||0 - 0||1||1||0||5.1||8||2||2||0||2||0||4||3.38|
|LCS||0||0||0 - 0||2||2||0||10.1||8||5||5||3||6||0||9||4.35|
|WS||0||1||0 - 0||2||2||0||10.0||10||5||5||1||10||0||9||4.50|
|2009||LAA||Total||0||1||0 - 0||3||2||0||10.2||11||10||9||1||8||0||4||7.59|
|0||0||0 - 0||1||1||0||6.0||5||5||5||1||3||0||1||7.50|
|LCS||0||1||0 - 0||2||1||0||4.2||6||5||4||0||5||0||3||7.71|
|Career||1||2||0 - 0||8||7||0||36.1||37||22||21||5||26||0||26||5.20|