Source: A's still in hunt for Scott Kazmir


Source: A's still in hunt for Scott Kazmir

The A's remain in pursuit of free agent lefty Scott Kazmir, hoping to bring back a pitcher who was an All-Star wearing green and gold in 2014.

A source with knowledge of the situation said Oakland is still in the running to sign Kazmir, one of the top starters left on the open market. That backs up a report Friday from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, who listed the A's as one of Kazmir's main suitors, along with the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals.

It's unknown just how good the A's chances are to reel in Kazmir, who Heyman reported has multiple three-year offers "probably in the $12-13 million range (annually)." Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports listed the Dodgers in the running for Kazmir too.

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For the A's to still be hanging in the Kazmir sweepstakes is a mild surprise given the comments made at the Winter Meetings by executive Vice President of baseball operations Billy Beane, when he said the chances of the A's signing a starter to a multi-year deal were shrinking due to his team's lack of financial flexibility.

But there's clearly mutual interest between Kazmir and the A's. He fit well in his 1 1/2 seasons in Oakland, going 20-14 with a 3.12 ERA in 50 starts and serving as a valuable sounding board for younger pitchers.

The A's are known to have made a run at Bartolo Colon, who eventually accepted a one-year $7.25 million offer from the Mets. Oakland followed by agreeing to terms with starter Henderson Alvarez for a reported $4 million, plus incentives.

The savings from that trade-off would benefit the A's in their pursuit of Kazmir, though landing the lefty will obviously still take a serious financial commitment over multiple years, one that the A's aren't known for diving into with starters.

A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher


A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher

UPDATE (Mar. 19, 7:45 p.m. PT): The A's officially announced the Cahill signing on Monday. This story has been updated to reflect that.

On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they signed a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth. 

Oakland agreed to a one-year deal with Trevor Cahill, nearly 12 years after the A's drafted him in the second round. 

Cahill pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams. 

The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. 

A's Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery, miss 2018 season


A's Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery, miss 2018 season

The A's will be without starting pitcher Jharel Cotton for the entire 2018 season as he is set to undergo Tommy John surgery. 

Cotton, 26, went 9-10 with a 5.58 ERA in 2017 after a rookie season in which he went 2-0 with a 2.15 ERA in five starts. Leading up to the injury, he was 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA over four appearances in spring training.

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