15 worst Los Angeles Dodgers free agent signings in franchise history

Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves
Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves / Mike Zarrilli/GettyImages
5 of 15

11. Scott Kazmir: Three Years, $48 Million, 2015 (with deferred salary into 2021)

Kazmir was an odd signing all around for a Dodgers franchise that's usually fairly good at risk appraisal.

He'd already battled back from the brink once during his career; Kazmir turned his top prospect pedigree into two All-Star seasons with the Rays, but posted a 5.92 ERA in the first half of the 2009 season, a 1.73 ERA in six second-half starts after being dealt to the Angels ... and then a 5.94 mark in 28 starts with the 2010 Angels. It was over ... until Cleveland recaptured the flame in 2013, and the Oakland A's received a 15-9, 3.55 ERA All-Star campaign from Kazmir in 2014.

His first half in 2015 was also excellent, but he scuffled after being dealt to the Astros ... and it was at that point that the Dodgers decided to get on the roller coaster. Kazmir went 10-6 with a 4.56 ERA for the 2016 Dodgers, but came down with hip issues that decreased his velocity tremendously. He missed the 2017 season, was traded to the Braves prior to 2018, and never pitched for them.

The left-hander didn't resurface until 2021 with the Giants, when he was subsisting on deferred money from the Dodgers in order to pitch for their chief rival.