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Cleveland Indians Starter Scott Kazmir to Sign with Oakland Athletics

December 3rd, 2013 at 7:26 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

'Scott Kazmir' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
Scott Kazmir is leaving the Cleveland Indians to sign a two-year, $22 million contract with the Oakland Athletics, according to ESPN.

Kazmir recharged his career in 2013 by posting a 10-9 record with a 4.04 ERA for the Indians.

Since Ubaldo Jimenez is likely to command an even higher price on the free-agent market, the Indians will have to restock the pantry in the starting rotation.

Justin Masterson will return as the ace, and the rotation should also include Danny Salazar, Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister. The Indians will probably sign a free-agent starter who fits their budget.

In other news, the Tribe said goodbye to catcher Lou Marson, outfielder Matt Carson and right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd by failing to tender them contracts for 2014.

The Indians did offer deals to Masterson, outfielders Drew Stubbs and Michael Brantley, and pitchers Josh Tomlin, Marc Rzepczynski and Vinny Pestano.

In addition, the Tribe re-signed pitchers Blake Wood and Frank Herrmann for $560,000 each.

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