Report: Blue Jays, Yankees, Tigers, Royals scouted A’s Kazmir in Saturday start
Left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir could wind up being one of the most attractive trade options for contending clubs, with the non-waiver trading deadline coming up on July 31.
On Saturday, the Oakland Athletics’ pitcher carried a shutout into the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins. Though he departed with one out and didn’t wind up picking up the victory, Kazmir put on quite a show demonstrating that there are no ill effects from the triceps issue that flared up back on July 8 in New York.
According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, a number of big-league scouts were on-hand at O.co Coliseum to watch Kazmir’s outing on Saturday:
The usual crowd of scouts are here for Kazmir's start tonight; the Blue Jays, Tigers, Royals and Yankees are among those represented.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 19, 2015
With (at least) four clubs monitoring Kazmir each time he takes the mound, that implies there is significant interest in the veteran’s services. Oakland doesn’t HAVE to trade him, however, as the club could make him a qualifying offer after the year, when he’ll most likely sign a free agent contract with another club.
Still, general manager Billy Beane loves maximizing the value of his assets, and right now Kazmir is one of the most valuable ones at his disposal. This will definitely be something to watch as the deadline grows nearer.