Oakland still in Kazmir Hunt as Injury Concerns Lead to Need for Bolstering Rotation Depth

CSN’s Joe Stiglich reports the A’s are still in the Scott Kazmir hunt despite signing Henderson AlvarezThe Bay Area News Groups‘ John Hickey takes it further saying Kazmir is amendable to a return.

As previously stated the A’s are one of 4 teams with offers to Scott Kazmir including the Orioles, Dodgers, and Royals. The offers are reportedly for 3 years and in the $12 to $13 million dollar range.  Kazmir is reportedly seeking a 4th year, but could be close to accepting one of the teams’ 3 year offers.

Currently the A’s rotation is led by Sonny Gray and Rich Hill, with Chris Bassitt, Kendall Graveman, Jesse Hahn, Sean Nolin, Aaron Brooks and Jarred Parker all in competition for the remaining 3 spots. Henderson Alvarez will not be ready to start the season but would also factor in to the rotation.  There is a fair amount of injury risk in that list as Bassitt, Graveman, Hahn and Parker all had injury issues of varying degrees. The A’s have no idea what they are getting with Parker who missed all of 2014 and 2015. AthleticsNation has also  speculated that concerns about Hahn’s recovery have made the A’s need for starting pitcher greater.

Parker avoid Arbitration

Jarrod Parker avoided arbitration agreeing to a 1 year/$850K deal, which would be the same as last year.  Half of the contract is guaranteed.cialis buy now