Sep 6, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (26) delivers in the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Clevelinks, Dec. 3: Kazmir Signs with A's

Scott Kazmir Leaves Via Free Agency

Well, Scott Kazmir is officially gone. Not that this was unexpected. With the current state of the market for starting pitching, it was all but inevitable that Kazmir would be signing elsewhere to pitch in 2014. The one lone hope was that he would give the Indians a discount since they were the ones to take a leap of faith with him in 2013. It just wasn’t meant to be, though. As it was reported yesterday, Kazmir will sign with the A’s for 2 years and $22-million. We kick off today’s edition of Clevelinks with some analysis surrounding the move.

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  • Per MLB Trade Rumors, Kazmir’s deal with the A’s if for two years and $22-million. The deal is reportedly right at the ceiling for Oakland’s pursuit of starting pitching. Tim Hudson was apparently too rich at $23-million. As for the Indians, Bartolo Colon could be in play.
  • The blog for the San Francisco Chronicle also reports that the signing of Kazmir by the A’s officially ends their attempts to resign Bartolo Colon. This means he will be available for a team like the Indians to make a run at, perhaps for one year.
  • Paul Hoynes reports on the Kazmir deal and provides a bit of insight into the Indians thoughts on losing the veteran south paw. This includes the following quote from Chris Antonetti:

“Scott positioned himself to be a very attractive alternative on the free agent market, He deserves a lot of credit for getting back to this level of competition and for putting himself in line for a contract like this.”

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