Scott Kazmir named Indians fifth starter; will face Rays April 6
Ex-Rays ace LHP Scott Kazmir will make his return to Tropicana Field next month - as an opposing pitcher.
Kazmir was named the Indians fifth starter Monday, with his first scheduled start set for April 6 at the Trop against the Rays.
Kazmir, a two-time All-Star in Tampa Bay, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011. He pitched last year for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League, but started his comeback by latching on with Cleveland on a minor league deal in January.
Kazmir impressed in Indians camp, striking out 23, walking three, and allowing eight earned runs and 29 hits in 21 innings, including two "B" games. He had been really sharp until Saturday when Seattle racked up five runs on 13 hits against him.
According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Kazmir will make $1 million with a chance to earn another $1.75 million in incentives.
Kazmir was a Ray from 2004-2009, when he was involved in an August trade to Anaheim for INF Sean Rodriguez, LHP Alex Torres and Matt Sweeney.