It won’t satiate fans upset over failing to re-sign Zack Greinke and backing out of a deal with Hisashi Iwakuma, but the Dodgers have added Scott Kazmir to the rotation.
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the left-hander has agreed to a three-year deal, which is the same length Iwakuma’s contract was slated to be before issues with his physical exam nixed the move. Iwakuma was set to make $45 million, while Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says Kazmir’s pact is for $48 million and includes an opt-out after 2016.
Kazmir began last season with the A’s and ended it with the Astros, logging a total of 183 innings with a 3.10 ERA and 155/59 K/BB ratio. At age 32 he no longer has the same raw stuff or bat-missing ability he possessed as a young ace for the Rays, but Kazmir posted a 3.54 ERA with 481 strikeouts in 531 innings from 2013-2015 while calling the American League home.
Kazmir is a very capable of mid-rotation starter with some upside and it’s possible the Dodgers will open the season with an all-southpaw rotation of Kazmir along with Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson, Alex Wood, and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.