Mets interest in Kazmir 'tepid' at best

Mets interest in Kazmir 'tepid' at best

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets came away unimpressed with Scott Kazmir's second workout in Texas and have only a "tepid" interest in signing the left-hander, general manager Sandy Alderson said Saturday.

After Kazmir threw for a handful of scouts earlier this month, the Mets were the only Major League team to attend his second workout on Friday. Based upon the reports he received, Alderson characterized Kazmir's performance as "fair," indicating that a reunion is unlikely.

A first-round Draft pick of the Mets in 2002, Kazmir, 28, has not pitched regularly in the big leagues in two years. Battling elbow and shoulder issues since 2008, the left-hander is 19-24 with a 5.54 ERA over the past three seasons. Prior to that, he was a two-time All-Star, striking out an American League-best 239 batters for Tampa Bay in 2007.