Athletics not looking to move Kazmir

Despite the ongoing firesale in Oakland this offseason, Joel Sherman of the New York post reports that the A’s are not only planning to keep left-hander Scott Kazmir, but that the club is now looking to start adding some pieces.

It’s anyone’s guess what the A’s next move might be, but general manager Billy Beane is apparently trying to piece together a roster that is built for future success, while still being competitive in 2015. The latter explains the potential reason for holding onto Kazmir, who is owed $13 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent at season’s end.

The 30-year-old lefty continued his impressive comeback this year, going 15-9 with a 3.55 ERA over 32 starts. Kazmir is now 25-18 with a 3.77 ERA in 61 starts over the past two seasons after making just one big league start in 2011-12 combined due to ongoing struggles.

— Paul Casella


“Building for the future” in Oakland just means they are putting prospects together to trade them away in the future. Sometimes its so hard to be an A’s fan.

So you respond to an article about how the A’s arent trading Kazmir and then make that post? At least get your outdated narratives right.

Stop whining, it’s very simple. Keane gave the A’s everything they needed to win last year and they choked on an epic scale. Also, no one goes to the game and the owner is cheap as hell. What do you expect to happen? Beane’s doing a great job with the cards he’s deal.

The A’s out-drew the Indians, Royals, Mariners, Marlins and White Sox so…people DID go and Wolff has spent mad money on players – he spent $16M on Jim Johnon & Hiroyuki Nakajima to do absolutely nothing. He spent money on Cespedes, Balfour & Butler and is about to spend some of the $70M or so Beane just shed with the Donaldson, Moss & Samardzija trades. This isnt 2002 anymore.

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