Oakland, CA, United States (4E Sports) – After reviving his career with the Cleveland Indians, left-hander Scott Kazmir reached a two-year, $22-million deal with the Oakland Athletics, according to sources.
However, Kazmir’s deal is subject to a physical that will be conducted by the team’s medical staff.
The 29-year-old Kazmir recorded a 10-9 record with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts for the Indians last season after pitching just 1 2/3 innings in the big leagues in a two-year span.
He struck out 162 batters in 158 innings with the Indians. Kazmir was particularly effective at home, going 7-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 14 starts at Progressive Field.
Kazmir is 76-70 with a 4.16 ERA in parts of nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels and Indians.
He joins Jarrod Parker, A.J. Griffin, Dan Straily and Sonny Gray in Oakland’s projected rotation and could give the A’s sufficient depth to entertain trade offers for the frequently injured Brett Anderson.
With Kazmir’s signing, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the A’s will not attempt to re-sign right-hander Bartolo Colon.
Kazmir, a first-round draft pick by the New York Mets in 2002, made the American League All-Star team with Tampa Bay in 2006 and 2008.
However, his career quickly unraveled due to a combination of injuries and mechanical issues, and the Angels released him in June 2011.