LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the signing of left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir to a three-year contract.
Kazmir, 31, has a 98-90 career record with a 3.96 ERA in 272 games (271 starts) in 11 big league seasons, all in the American League, with the Rays (2004-09), Angels (2009-11), Indians (2013), Athletics (2014-15) and Astros (2015). The three-time All-Star (2006, '08, '14) has posted double-digit victories in seven of his 11 MLB seasons and has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning during the course of his career with 1,474 Ks in 1,553.1 innings, including a career high and AL-best 239 strikeouts in 2007 with Tampa Bay.
In 2015 with Oakland and Houston, Kazmir combined to post a 7-11 record with a 3.10 ERA in 31 starts, ranking among the AL's best in ERA (4th), opponents' batting average (.237, 15th) and WHIP (1.21, 15th). He produced a 43.4 groundball percentage and forced an average of 0.84 double plays per 9.0 innings, the eighth-highest mark in the AL.
Kazmir was originally selected by the Mets in the first round (15th overall) in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft out of Cypress Falls High School in Houston. He was subsequently acquired by the Rays on July 30, 2004 and made his big league debut on Aug. 23, 2004.
To create room on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles designated outfielder Daniel Fields for assignment.