Dodgers React To Scott Kazmir Signing 3-Year Contract
Dodgers React To Scott Kazmir Signing 3-year Contract
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While there was reported interest as recently as one week ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ signing of Scott Kazmir to a three-year contract on Wednesday came as a bit of a surprise.

Whereas most free agent signings are accompanied by rumblings of a reported agreement in the days and hours leading up to a club making a deal official, such was not the case with the Dodgers and Kazmir.

The 31-year-old left-hander’s contract includes a signing bonus, opt-out clause after the 2016 season and deferred salaries.

With the signing of Kazmir, the Dodgers now have five viable starters who could make up an all left-handed rotation come Opening Day next season.

Aside from potential trades down the line, that possibility is contingent on Hyun-Jin Ryu recovering in time from a May surgery to repair a torn labrum and ended any chance of him pitching in 2015.

Already looking ahead to next season, Brett Anderson joked the Dodgers’ starting rotation would use Clayton Kershaw’s glove:

That prompted A.J. Ellis to chime in with a benefit of having a rotation full of lefties:

While Kershaw tends to keep a low social-media profile, he shared a simple message:

Now a sudden outsider, Brandon McCarthy gave the Dodgers a hard time over the signing of Kazmir:

Utility man Kiké Hernandez welcomed his new teammate (again):

Given the types of lineups the Dodgers may face, Adrian Gonzalez wonders how busy he’ll be at first base:

Kazmir is a career 98-90 with a 3.96 ERA, 3.97 FIP and 1.35 WHIP over 11 seasons. Next year will be his first pitching for a National League club.