Scott Kazmir wins job as Cleveland Indians fifth starter

By: Devon Teeple

Finally…Scott Kazmir has returned to the…starting rotation! (In The Rock Voice) 

Pardon me for The Rock reference line to kick off the article. As I’m watching Monday Night Raw I check ESPN and read that Terry Francona has named Scott Kazmir as the Cleveland Indians No. 5 starter. 

I had my worries after Kazmir finished his five innings against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday afternoon. It didn’t turn out the way many would’ve hoped. He gave up five runs on 13 hits, struck out five but didn’t walk anyone. His previous scoreless outings certainly made the management team not worry too much about his latest performance. 

According to ESPN, he will earn $1 million this year with a chance to earn another $750,000 in incentives. 

One question I wanted an answer to was, who will Kazmir face in his first start in the big’s since 2011? The Tampa Bay Rays of course. 

I don’t think you could script anything this good in Hollywood. From first-round pick to leader of the Rays staff, then literally out of the game until getting a shot with an Independent League team

Since signing with the Sugar Land Skeeters his performance improved week in and week out while his velocity increased to his fastball of old. His control gradually improved and you could tell the confidence was back. 

Living in Canada, I should be a Toronto Blue Jays fan through and through, but on April 6, I'm all for Scott Kazmir and the Indians. 

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.


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