Athletics, Kazmir Nearing Two-Year Deal

1:06pm: MLBTR's Tim Dierkes reports that it will be a straight two-year deal with no options for additional seasons (Twitter link).

1:04pm: Kazmir's deal will be for two years when it is finalized, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

12:59pm: The A's are close to signing Scott Kazmir, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). A client of the Legacy Agency, Kazmir is slated to turn 30 years old next month.

This past season served as a rebirth for Kazmir, who returned to the Majors after throwing just 1 2/3 innings in 2011 and not pitching at all in the Majors in 2012. Kazmir posted a 5.54 ERA in 299 frames from 2009-11 but posted a solid 4.04 ERA with 9.2 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 158 innings last season. His average fastball velocity of 92.5 mph was his best since 2005.

In his free agent profile of the resurgent Kazmir, MLBTR's Tim Dierkes projected that he would land a two-year, $16MM contract on the open market.


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