Flamethrower Scott Kazmir is an Oakland Athletic


Kazmir should flourish pitching in the spacious Oakland Coliseum.

Rejuvenated flamethrower Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics agreed to a two-year deal worth $22 million on Monday.

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.

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