Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir threw one pitch in his second inning of work during Monday’s spring training exhibition against the Rockies before leaving with a team trainer, ESPN’s Doug Padilla reported. SportsNetLA’s Alanna Rizzo reports that Kazmir will be re-evaluted on Tuesday and then will undergo further testing if it is deemed necessary.
Kazmir, 33, missed a month in August and September with a neck injury. He returned for one start on September 23 and was shut down again. The Dodgers did not use him during the postseason. Kazmir finished the regular season with a 4.56 ERA and a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings. Prior to a career rebirth in 2013 with the Indians, Kazmir had constant injury-related woes so the fact that those have cropped up again this spring comes as no surprise.
If he’s healthy enough, Kazmir will be part of a rotation that also includes Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, and Julio Urias.
Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers have put together a trade offer for Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. He describes the club’s interest in Yelich as “strong,” and notes that other teams remain in the mix.
Yelich’s relationship with the Marlins was recently described by his agent as “irretrievably broken” following the trades of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon. His agent said Yelich “needs to get on with his career where he’s got a chance to win.” Understandably, teams have been calling the Marlins asking about him.
The 26-year-old hit .282/.369/.439 with 18 home runs, 81 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances last season. He’s in the fourth year of a seven-year, $49.57 million contract of which $44.5 million remains. Given how slow the free agent market has been this offseason, it’s difficult to say exactly what he would get if he were to hit the open market, but it is safe to say that his current contract is very much a bargain for his team, which only makes him even more attractive to inquiring teams.
The Brewers are an interesting team to get involved in the Yelich sweepstakes. Their outfield already has three capable players in Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana, and Keon Broxton. Yelich would still be an upgrade, but the Brewers’ resources may be better spent in other areas like the starting rotation.
Given Yelich’s displeasure and Jeter’s insistence on stripping the Marlins bare — including, potentially, the iconic home run sculpture — it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see a trade happen.