Now that the July 31 trade deadline is quickly approaching, it looks like the Oakland Athletics will continue on their road to collapse, with their trade of starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros for two prospects.
Kazmir pitched 18 games with 5-5 record and 101 strikeouts for the As before getting traded to their division rivals on Thursday. The As received minor league prospects right handed pitcher, Daniel Mengden, and catcher, Jacob Nottingham, as a part of the team’s rebuilding process.
The As definitely got the short end of the stick in this trade because not only did they trade away a top-tier pitcher, but the prospects they acquired are only in Single-A and likely will not be able to play in the big league for another couple of years.
Houston will waste no time in adding Kazmir to their rotation. He is set to start against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night, as the Astros trail the division leading Los Angeles Angels by just 1 game going into Friday’s game.
We have seen this from the A’s General Manager Billy Beane in the past where he trades away their best talent and really does not get the return, i.e. with Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes. The As are in last place in the AL West with a 44-53 record, showing signs of the end earlier than their previous disappointing finishes.
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