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.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.