Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Astros have traded for Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics Thursday.
The Astros reportadely sent two minor league prospects to the A’s for the left-handed starting pitcher. The prospects the Astros gave up are right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.
Kazmir, a Houston Native, is 5-5 with a 2.38 ERA for the Athletics this season. Kazmir was supposed to pitch Thursday in the A’s game against the Blue Jays. Kazmir will join the Astros in Kansas City tomorrow.
“Scott Kazmir is one of the best pitchers in the American League and strengthens our rotation,” said Luhnow. “His addition gives the Astros a better chance of reaching and succeeding in the postseason. It has been a while since the Astros have been relevant late in the summer and winning now is a priority.”
Kazmir attended Cy HFalls High School before being drafted 15th overall in 2002 by the Mets. He also played a season for the Sugar Land Skeeters in 2012. Kazmir can be a free-agent at the end of this season.