kazaveryOn Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels made the move of releasing Scott Kazmir after the left-hander gave up 35 runs in 17 innings in Triple-A and the majors. Kazmir is just 27 and other teams are reportedly interested in his cheap services (the Halos are eating $9 million of his remaining salary this season), but he's already looking more like a cautionary tale than a possible reclamation project.
Interestingly, it's a cautionary tale we've seen before, as one of the closest parallels to Kazmir's career can be found in another left-hander who made his last appearance the year before Kazmir debuted: Steve Avery.
Scott Kazmir was taken with the 15th pick of the first round of the 2002 draft, 14 years after Avery was taken with the third overall pick in the 1988 draft. Both men blew through the minor leagues and reached the majors two years later, pitching brilliant full seasons at the age of 21, making the All-Star team within the next two years, and then seeing their effectivenessRead More »from Men of misfortune: Scott Kazmir, Steve Avery and the New York Mets