Oakland Athletics flamethrower Scott Kazmir yielded three runs over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday’s Cactus League outing against the Seattle Mariners.
The 30-year-old Kazmir (10-9, 4.04 ERA), who left the Cleveland Indians to ink a two-year deal worth $22 million with Oakland in December, showed no lingering signs of triceps tightness and will be ready to start the season.
After penning a minor league pact with Cleveland, Kazmir resuscitated his career 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 frames during his renaissance in “The Forrest City.”
Considering the 2007 AL strikeout king’s relative youth and the Oakland Coliseum’s vastness, Kazmir’s a solid bet to help the Athletics capture their third straight division crown.
If everything goes perfectly in Oaktown, Scott Kazmir and the Athletics could be a force deep into the autumn.by