A’s Start Off MLB Trade Deadline Season With Kazmir Trade
Oakland GM Billy Beane has made a career of knowing which way the trade winds were blowing. With his team also blowing this season, he knows it's time to be a seller at the MLB non-waivers trade deadline, so he got things going with a trade with division rival Houston, giving up lefty starter Scott Kazmir for two prospects. And oh, Beane's just getting started.
— ESPN (@espn) July 24, 2015
The A's signed Houston native Kazmir in 2013, beating the Astros to the punch. But today the prodigal pitcher returned with Houston giving up prospects RHP Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham. The former may be the second coming of Rollie Fingers (in appearance at least with an awesome 'stache), while the latter satisfies Beane's fascination with Derek Norris-type catchers. In fact, it was Nottingham's inclusion that got Beane to move forward.
In 2012, Scott Kazmir was pitching for the Sugar Land Skeeters. Baseball is fun.
— Julia Morales (@JuliaMoralesRS) July 23, 2015
Mengden is #19 among Houston's prospects and Nottingham is only #22. But that may be a fair price in this market for a starter who comes with injury fears, and whose stats are heavy on success in Oakland's ballpark (In 2015, Home: 1.36 ERA/0.91 WHIP; Road: 3.92 ERA/1.35 WHIP). Kazmir now gives Houston two lefty starters (Dallas Keuchel), which is a good move for them with every team in the AL West terrible against lefties.
— Josh Reddick (@RealJoshReddick) July 23, 2015
The deal starts the trade season (the Pirates also brought back 3B Aramis Ramirez) and is only the beginning for the 44-52 A's, who will probably deal Tyler Clippard and Ben Zobrist within the next week.
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David Young has been a columnist with ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is one for SportsGrid.
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