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Braves release pitcher Scott Kazmir

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Atlanta Braves have released pitcher Scott Kazmir. He was due to make $17.6 million in the final year of his contract.

Kazmir was their second-highest paid player on the team prior to his release on Saturday. He was let go after going just one inning against the New York Mets in a spring training outing with what is being described as “arm fatigue.”

Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir poses on Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day during Spring Training
Scott Kazmir poses on Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day during Spring Training (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

He has not pitched in the Big Leagues since 2016. Since then, he has been hampered with injuries.

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The Braves will still have to pay his salary this season. In 9 2/3 innings during spring training, he had a 4.66 ERA.

He was acquired by the Braves in December in a blockbuster deal that also netted Atlanta three additional players in Adrián González, Brandon McCarthy, and Charlie Culberson. Matt Kemp went back to the Dodgers in the deal.

González was designated for assignment shortly after the deal. He has since been picked up by the Mets.

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With Kazmir no longer in the picture, Aníbal Sánchez will now be the Braves No. 5 starter this season.

In his last MLB season as a 32-year-old with the Dodgers, Kazmir went 10-6 in 26 starts. He had a 4.56 ERA in 136 1/3 innings.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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