The left-hander won at least 10 games for Tampa Bay every season from 2005-08 before his power pitches started falling off. The Los Angeles Angels released Kazmir last season, and if he intends to try getting his career back on track Sugar Land would be an ideal location since it is right next to his Houston home. He is only 28 or prime time for many players.
The Skeeters, struggling at 22-31 and in last place in the Freedom Division, recently added two-time Atlantic League all-star outfielder Steve Moss, but he is off to a dreadfully slow start (0-for-10, seven strikeouts) even though he had been playing in Mexico. Moss was an all-star the last two seasons with Bridgeport, CT.
We could not get this week's affiliated all-star results into yesterday's Independent Baseball Insider, but it was a space issue.
First baseman Chris Garcia doubled, scored and drove in a run in his only at-bat in the California League-Carolina League classic. He is an Atlanta minor leaguer who formerly played for the New Jersey Jackals in the Can-Am League and Shreveport, LA in the American Association.
C. J. Retherford, a star at Fargo, ND (American Association) last season, went 0-for-2. He now is in the Los Angeles Dodgers system. Righty Ryan Kussmaul, who started his pro career in the Frontier League (Southern Illinois), hurled a scoreless inning (one strikeout) in the Double-A Southern League all-star game. He is under contract to the Chicago White Sox.
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