Twins add to their holiday Lane
The Minnesota Twins signed former Southern Maryland Blue Crabs’ and Sugar Land Skeeters’ pitcher and outfielder Jason Lane to a minor league deal on Thursday (OK, headline writing might not be for me, but I tried). The 2012 Skeeters’ Most Valuable Player, Lane went 9-5 with a 3.17 ERA and one complete game over 18 games (17 starts) after joining Sugar Land in June. He also batted .275 with nine homers in 61 games in the field, primarily in the outfield.
The 35-year-old California native will now try to make it back to the big leagues for the first time since 2007. Over six major league seasons as an outfielder with the Houston Astros (2002-07) and San Diego Padres (2007), Lane also held a .241 average in 497 career games.
The lefty has tried resurrecting his career as a pitcher ever since. In 26 combined relief appearances with Class AAA Las Vegas (Blue Jays) and Class AAA Reno (Diamondbacks) from 2009 to 2012, Lane has accumulated a 2-0 record and 6.07 ERA.
He briefly played for Southern Maryland in 2010. By all indications, it sounds like Lane will start the 2013 season with Class AAA Rochester.
Kazmir throwing heat?: CBSsports.com reporter Jon Heyman tweeted earlier this week that former Skeeters’ pitcher Scott Kazmir is getting interest from some big league clubs since he’s apparently throwing 90-94 mph in Puerto Rico. (Kazmir also tweeted out a picture in late November from what looks like his hotel room in Puerto Rico)
The former Tampa Bay Rays’ and Anaheim Angels’ pitcher went 3-6 with a 5.46 ERA in 13 starts for Sugar Land last season – although it should be noted he had a 2.54 ERA over his final five starts of the season, allowing eight earned runs over 28.1 innings.
He’s been back-and-forth in his first four starts for Carolina Giants in the Roberto Clemente League, compiling a 5.12 ERA in 19.1 innings.