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The A’s are close to a two-year contract with free agent left-hander Scott Kazmir, according to multiple national reports.
ESPN’s Jim Bowden says the deal will be for $22 million – a hefty sum and one that would beat the one-year $10 million contract the A’s handed to free agent starter Ben Sheets for the 2010 season.
If the deal is completed, Kazmir -- who turns 30 in January -- would help fill a veteran void in the starting rotation created when Bartolo Colon left via free agency. The A’s have been trying to re-sign Colon but have been unable to hammer out a deal with the 18-game winner from last season.
Kazmir is a nine-year veteran who went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts last season for the Cleveland Indians. That was a bounce-back season after he was out of Major League Baseball for all of 2012 following his release from the Angels in June 2011.
He’s been considered to have terrific stuff ever since he made his major league debut with Tampa Bay at age 20. Given that, it’s not surprising that a rebound season like the one he enjoyed in 2013 has landed him back on the radar of teams. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal first reported earlier today that the A’s are close to an agreement with him.
Neither the A’s nor Kazmir’s agent, Brian Peters, have confirmed a deal yet.