Tuesday, September 3, 2013
By Doug Mittler
Scott Kazmir has resurrected his career with the Cleveland Indians, posting a 7-7 record and a 4.36 ERA in his first full season in the majors since 2010.
Signed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal last winter, Kazmir would like to stay in Cleveland. The Indians, for their part, have had preliminary talks with Kazmir’s agents, reports Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer.
The 29-year-old Kazmir could be tempted to first see what is available on the open market. The free agent class is thin on lefthanded starters, which could drive up the southpaw's price, even if his numbers are far from spectacular. Jon Lester and Jorge De La Rosa are technically free agents, but both have 2014 options.
Jason Vargas should draw some suitors, but teams could be tempted to go for Kazmir over someone like Barry Zito, who is 35 and coming off a shaky season.