Billy Beane isn’t waiting for the trade deadline.
The Oakland Athletics General Manager traded star pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros for Pitcher Daniel Mengden and Catcher Jacob Nottingham on Thursday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
By Peter Elliot – Lead MLB and NFL Writer – @redsoxforever42
The Lefty was 5-5 in 18 starts with a 2.38 ERA for Oakland. Kazmir has pitched exactly 300 innings in his last two seasons. Kazmir was an All Star for the A’s last year for the third time in his professional career. And according to Slusser, Kazmir was seen hugging teammates after receiving the news.
Mengden, the A’s 4th round choice in 2014, has a four pitch repertoire comprised of a slider, an inconsistent curveball, and two variations of fastballs. Mengden could be a stretch as a mid-rotation starter, but will likely end up as a middle Reliever.
Nottingham, on the other hand, was drafted by the Houston Astros in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Listed at 6’3″ and 227 pounds, he can provide the Athletics with some catching depth. Beane might like this 20-year-old because of his surprising power and speed.
A’s Right Hander Arnold Leon has been recalled by Triple-AAA Nashville to take Kazmir’s roster spot.
While it was inevitable Kazmir would be out of Oakland soon, (his contract with the A’s expires at the end of this year) this is something of an unexpected scenario. Many expected the A’s to get a little bit more from the Astros (or a different club) than two B level prospects.
The Astros rotation, now headed by Dalas Keuchel and Scott Kazmir, looks strong and this deal (seeming to favor the Astros) will help them make a push for the playoffs.
Peter Elliott is the Lead NFL and MLB Writer for Talking Baws.