The 29-year-old Kazmir (10-9, 4.04 ERA) signed a minor league pact with Cleveland last December and was a primary reason that the Indians (92-70) made the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
However, although Cleveland wanted to retain Kazmir, the Indians were unwilling to offer a two-year extension.
Accordingly, standout general manager Billy Beane quickly landed the two-time All-Star.
Kazmir, who is again hurling fastballs clocked around 93-95 mph, fanned 162 batters over 158 innings during his renaissance in “The Forrest City.”
Considering the 2007 AL strikeout king is still relatively young, Kazmir’s a solid bet to help Oakland capture their third straight division crown in 2014.
If everything goes perfectly in Oaktown, Scott Kazmir and the Athletics could be a force deep into the autumn.