Oakland Athletics’ ace Scott Kazmir has been traded to his hometown team the Houston Astros, who are currently in a heavyweight battle with the Los Angeles Angels for the top spot in the American League west.
Ahead of the July 31, trade deadline, the A’s have unloaded Kazmir for a pair of minor league players, including highly-touted catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden.
The latest development indicates the A’s have gone into sell mode and are now prepared to unload their assets to rebuild for the following season. If general manager Billy Bean has anything else up his sleeve, it will likely happen before the deadline, although waiver moves can be made afterward.
Kazmir is 5-5 with a 2.38 ERA in 18 starts with Oakland. He will add another top-tier arm for the Astros to help chase a playoff berth. The Astros have not made the playoffs since being swept in the 2005 World Series by the Chicago White Sox.
The A’s also have recalled right-hander Arnold Leon from Triple-A Nashville to fill Kazmir’s roster spot.
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