With a weak free agent class as far as starting pitchers goes, one would expect most pitchers with a choice to join in on free agency. That isn't the case with Dodgers lefty Scott Kazmir, apparently. Kazmir was very good in 2015 and that helped him land the three-year, $48 million deal with the Dodgers last offseason. It included the aforementioned opt-out clause after this season and Kazmir has not used it. So he's still under contract with the Dodgers for two more seasons and $32 million total. Though the free agent starting pitching crop is weak (the top names are Rich Hill, Andrew Cashner, Ivan Nova, Jason Hammel types), it's hard telling if Kazmir would have done better than $32 million over two years if he did, indeed, opt out. Yes, pitching costs a ton these days, but Kazmir's history is littered with injuries and inconsistency. Last season, he pitched to a 4.56 ERA (85 ERA+) and he's now entering his age-33 season.
Scott Kazmir won't exercise opt-out clause, will remain with Dodgers
CBS Sports | Nov 7