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A’s Are Close To Signing Left-Hander Kazmir

Posted By Charles Mager On December 2, 2013 @ 2:22 PM In MLB,News and Rumors | No Comments

Source: Aaron Gleeman, NBC Sports [1]

Kazmir [2]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 FOXSports.com 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.

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.

Update: According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the deal has been accepted [3].


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[1] Aaron Gleeman, NBC Sports: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/02/as-close-to-signing-scott-kazmir/

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[3] been accepted: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10069029/oakland-give-scott-kazmir-2-year-22-million-deal-sources-say

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