Scott Kazmir Launches Another Comeback Attempt - Should Boston Take A Chance?

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Scott Kazmir is making another comeback attempt at the age of 36.  Should Chaim Bloom and the Boston Red Sox bring in the veteran left-hander?

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It’s been three years since Scott Kazmir was on the bump for a big league team.  Kazmir has launched another comeback, and would it make sense for the Red Sox to get involved in with the lefty?

Kazmir left the game a few years ago because his body wasn’t feeling good.  He had a few babies that have kept him busy and his mom was ill.

Last year during the All-Star break, a friend and former teammate, right handed pitcher Kendall Graveman and Kazmir played catch.  Kazmir’s arm felt good when throwing the ball around with Graveman.

This would prompt Kazmir to start a throwing program to see if he could potentially throw at a high level.  “I wouldn’t put myself out there or even try to go at this if I didn’t feel like I would be able to play at a high level,” Kazmir said.  “That’s where I feel like I’m at, so definitely a lot of confidence.  And I feel like I’ll gain even more confidence once I’m able to get my feet wet, see some hitters, see some live work.”
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The last time Kazmir tried a comeback to baseball was in 2013 season and stayed in the league until 2016. He was with the Dodgers then and injuries mounted on Kazmir with hip and neck injuries and it once again forced him out of baseball.

Kazmir is a 12-year major league veteran who owns a 108-96 record and a 4.01 ERA.  He’s pitched for the Rays, Angels, A’s, Dodgers, Indians and Astros.  The bulk of his career came with the Rays, who acquired him from the Mets for righty Victor Zambrano.  The Rays fleeced the Mets in this trade.  Kazmir was a highly touted prospect within the Mets system.  Kazmir went on to win 55 games with the Rays.

From a Red Sox perspective, if Kazmir is healthy, why not bring him to Boston on a minor league deal?  Kazmir is a former starter in the Bigs.  He’s started 297 career games.  The years of getting through a major league baseball season with five to seven starters are completely over.  The Red Sox could bring Kazmir in and use him out of the bullpen, and he could spot start or be a potential injury replacement.

The Red Sox are very left handed heavy in the rotation right now with Chris Sale, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez and Martin Perez.  The only right handed arm in the rotation is Nathan Eovaldi. 

Now the concern for me regarding Kazmir is health.  If he is healthy he can be a very serviceable starter for any big league club.  Kazmir would be a true low risk and high reward kind of deal for Bloom and the Red Sox.  Plus, the Red Sox don’t need Kazmir to do too much.  The ideal spot for Kazmir would be the bullpen.  I can see him to be very similar to what lefty Drew Pomeranz was for the Padres a few years back prior to being traded to the Red Sox.  He rebuilt his value in the bullpen and the next year became a starter again in the league.

I can’t help but root for Kazmir in his comeback attempt.  You never want to see players with this kind of talent see their careers cut short due to injuries.  Kazmir has been lucky to come back once before from injuries.  It would be nice to see him get back into baseball again and let him decide when he wants to walk away.

The Red Sox could take a flyer on Kazmir because it would be short years and money.  If healthy he could be protection for the rotation and he could get an opportunity, especially if Price is traded alongside Mookie Betts before the spring.

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