Athletics finalize two-year contract with Kazmir

Kazmir.jpgOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Left-hander Scott Kazmir has finalized his $22 million, two-year contract with the Athletics.

The two-time defending AL West champions

announced the deal Wednesday after Kazmir passed his physical. The

addition of Kazmir fills a key rotation spot with a player familiar with

the division after his stint for the Los Angeles Angels.

That was before the two-time All-Star

was limited to one start in 2011 before going on the disabled list with a

lower back strain. The 29-year-old Kazmir then spent the 2012 season

with independent Sugar Land before bouncing back to go 10-9 with a 4.04

ERA in 29 starts and 158 innings for Cleveland this year.

Kazmir went 9-15 in 2010 for Los Angeles

and A’s general manager Billy Beane recalls his early days among

baseball’s best lefties.