A’s Agree With Scott Kazmir On Two-Year, $22M Deal
Kazmir agrees to 2yrs $22m deal with A’s #Confirmed
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 2, 2013
His yearly salary of $11M makes him the highest-paid player on the A’s.
The 29-year old Kazmir is coming off a 2013 season many probably weren’t expecting. In 29 starts for the Cleveland Indians, Kazmir posted a 10-9 record and a 4.04 ERA, though he also recorded 162 strikeouts (and a K/9 ratio of 9.2) in that span. What’s more, his WHIP of 1.323 was one of the lowest of his career. More fun stats, from Jason Collette of Fangraphs:
Kazmir in 2013: First half OPS – .789. Second half OPS – .671. Welcome back, Kid K.
— jasoncollette (@jasoncollette) December 2, 2013
With contextual statistics like those, it’s no wonder Kazmir was on the A’s radar. The results he posted in 2013 were among the strongest of his career, dating back to his time with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2004-2009. Signing Kazmir confirms that the team is no longer attempting to bring back Bartolo Colon, who is said to be seeking a multi-year deal worth presumably more money than what Kazmir was awarded with this contract.
Further, he now joins a crowded A’s rotation that currently features Sonny Gray, Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone, Brett Anderson and Dan Straily, with A.J. Griffin in the mix somewhere as well. It’d make sense to think someone will be traded before next season begins. The oft-injured Anderson has popped up in trade talks in recent weeks, and should Oakland find an attractive trade offer for his services it’s hard to imagine G.M. Billy Beane turning it down.
Kazmir has had his own injury issues, of course, but the guaranteed money being devoted to Kazmir for the next two seasons would imply that the A’s expect him to remain on the field consistently.
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