By Matt Snyder
Former Angels pitcher Scott Kazmir has worked out for the Rangers this week, several media outlets are reporting. The talks have all been very preliminary, so no deal is imminent or anything.
"We've talked with him, doing our due diligence," GM Jon Daniels said in an email (Rangers Blog on Dallas Morning News). "Not sure if anything's going to come of it, but we try to look at every opportunity to see if someone can help us."
Kazmir's a two-time All-Star and once led the AL in strikeouts. He completely fell apart the past two seasons for the Angels, though. He was 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA and 1.58 WHIP last season. In 2011, he made only one major-league start -- lasting just 1 2/3 innings and allowing five runs -- before hitting the DL. He tried to make it back to the Angels after a rehab assignment, but he was so bad the Angels just released him. In five outings for Triple-A Salt Lake, Kazmir was 0-5 with a 17.02 ERA. He walked 20, hit six and uncorked six wild pitches in 15 1/3 innings.
Still, he was once one of the top young arms in the majors and he's only 27. There's no reason to refuse to give him a shot with a minor-league contract. It's a no-lose situation with possible upside.
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