The Oakland Athletics and starting pitcher Scott Kazmir have agreed to a two-year, $22 million deal, according to reports. The lefty gets a deal after having a successful rebounding campaign in 2013 with the Indians.
Kazmir, 30 in 2014, will be joining the fourth team of his major league career. In 2013, Kazmir went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 29 successful starts. The Indians had plenty of success with Kazmir on the hill, as they went 15-14 in his starts. In the second-half, Kazmir was stellar, going 5-5 with a 3.38 ERA in 13 starts. His best season came in 2007 with the Rays. He went 13-9 with a 3.48 ERA in 2007. He has had mixed success in Oakland over his career, going 6-5 with a 4.46 ERA in the Coliseum.
The former 15th overall pick (2002 draft) has a career 4.16 ERA over nine big league seasons. The Oakland A's starters in 2013 posted the 9th best ERA in all of baseball with a 3.72 mark. Expect Kazmir to fit in nicely with the A's; he's a reliable starter that gets around 150 innings when healthy.