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.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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