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Scott Kazmir signs two-year, $22 million contract with A’s

Dec 2, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

Scott Kazmir AP

UPDATE: Jim Bowden of says it’s a two-year, $22 million deal, which is a sneaky/interesting move for the A’s in a market where Ricky Nolasco just got $49 million for four years and guys like Phil Hughes and Jason Vargas got $8 million per season for three and four years.


Recent reports suggested the A’s weren’t feeling good about their chances of re-signing Bartolo Colon and apparently they’ve moved on in a big way: According to Ken Rosenthal of they’re “close to signing” left-hander Scott Kazmir.

Kazmir was a dominant young starter with the Rays and then rapidly deteriorated to the point that he posted a 5.34 ERA in independent ball at age 28. He made an incredible comeback with the Indians, racking up strikeouts at the same rate that made him a star in the first place, and finished strong with a 43/4 K/BB ratio in September.

Kazmir is a huge risk, but he’s still just 29 and looked an awful lot like his old self this year. Based purely on upside, he’s one of the best free agent pitchers available this offseason and certainly brings a much different skill set and long-term outlook to the table than the 40-year-old Colon.

  1. stex52 - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    I don’t know what they are planning to pay. But I have the feeling they are going to get a steal.

    • lisaggamino - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:27 PM

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  2. lingerie00yardsale - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Hella Oakland
    Hella Sneaky
    Hella Hella

  3. xdj511 - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Exsqueeze me? Baking powder? Is signing lefties who have had one good year after effectively pitching themselves out of baseball the new market inefficiency? Maybe next the Mets will sign Victor Zambrano and see if they can undo that trade from 2004.

    • mayorrobford - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Who are you to question Beane? Are you new to MLB?

  4. phillysports1 - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    They need to invest money on a second basemen and a better catcher. JS

    • clydeserra - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      they have a good secondbaseperson, he is playing short. And has only had one healthy year.

  5. phillysports1 - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Cano or infante will be a good fit

  6. billybawl - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Well that’s a nifty comeback for Kazmir. I have to think the A’s are worried about Brett Anderson’s durability also.

  7. dw3dw - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    The A’s have done this before in the recent past–Ben Sheets, Bartolo Colon–but I wonder what this means, if anything, for Brett Anderson. They now have Gray, Straily, Milone, Griffin, Parker and Kazmir as starters, and Anderson if he returns from the bullpen.

    • clydeserra - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      That is good depth. Remember Griffin and Milone were not on the playoff roster and Milone spent the last month and a half in AAA.

    • tablescrappy - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      Parker and Griffin finished the year with injuries, with Parker’s elbow still a big question mark. I don’t think this necessarily means anything about Anderson. The A’s are just adding an arm with upside where they can.

      Also, Tom Milone is terrible.

  8. Kevin Gillman - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Kazmir is going to be back to his old self this coming season. He was inconsistent in Cleveland, but remember the guy hadn’t worked 160 innings in at least 4 years. His arm will be more prepared, and he knows how far he can go in games. I hate to see him go in Cleveland, and shame on them for not offering him 2 years. But I guess Indians will go after Colon now.

  9. APBA Guy - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    The devil is in the details on this deal, as in, is that $ 22M guaranteed or is it counting incentives? Because I don’t know anyone who feels confident in Kazmir’s health over 2 years.

    That said, the A’s believe you actually need 9 guys on the 40 man who are capable of starting in the majors. Given both Mr. Anderson’s and El Capitan’s (Bartolo) recent injury/PED history, neither was a sure thing to go 50 innings, let alone 150. Add to that the reported interest Colon has received from other, better financed clubs, and you can see the A’s making this move as a Colon exchange.

    Mr. Anderson has been mentioned in trade talks. That much we know. Like any other club, but with fewer front-office types in the know, details are closely held by the A’s. We don’t know if it’s the G & P Beane doing the mentioning, or other teams, etc. My guess is the A’s would be ok with holding onto Mr. Anderson to see if he can rebound enough to create a better market for himself.

    When you look at what the A’s need to do to repeat as division winners and move past the ALDS, solidifying the rotation is Job 1. They also need to improve the middle infield an have their corner outfield bats return to 2012 production levels.

  10. janessa31888 - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Makes me sad. Chris Antonetti blew it again. We need a lefty and I really liked this guy. We are now short two starting pitchers. Who will fill the holes?

  11. maikoch - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM


  12. proudlycanadian - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Free Agent 2 year contracts are today’s new market inefficiency.

  13. mundial8 - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Can someone explain why the Indians didn’t sign this guy for 2 yr $16-$18 mil? Didn’t he say he wanted to stay in CLE and for the money pitchers are getting…sigh

  14. buffalo65 - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Anderson to Toronto.

  15. baseballisboring - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Star pitchers who suddenly become horrible, lose 5 MPH off their fastball, leave to go play independent ball and then suddenly come back and have good seasons are the new market inefficiency.

  16. budmanjim - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    22 million for Kazmir.. Really??. That is the reason every father should put the baseball in the LEFT HAND of his baby boy!!!

  17. rwlsports - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:59 AM


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