(NEW YORK) — Once upon a time, starting pitcher Scott Kazmir was considered one of the best up-and-coming pitchers in baseball. Now he’s just trying to get back in majors as he’s signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians.
Kazmir’s deal will include an invitation to the big-league camp. He spent last season with the Sugarland Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. The 28-year old Kazmir is currently pitching in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Kazmir was a hyped prospect when he was with the New York Mets minor league system before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays. He initially lived up to his potential, as he made the All-Star team in 2006 and 2008. In 2007, he led the American League in strikeouts.
Despite his initial success, it eventually all came apart for him. He split time with the Angels and Rays in 2009, and had an ERA of 4.89 that season. In 2010 he went just 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA.
He last appeared in the majors in 2011 where he started one game with the Angels, and surrendered five earned runs in just one and two thirds innings pitched.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN