Ken Rosenthal has the news over Twitter:
Sources: #Athletics close to signing free-agent LHP Scott Kazmir.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 2, 2013
With this, it appears the A's are out of the Bartolo Colon sweepstakes. It's a shame, because despite my wishes for Kazmir, I still would have rather had Colon, who has had a better season more recently.
Jon Heyman is also weighing in with additional news:
Kazmir deal with a's will be 2 years. good for him.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 2, 2013
This will potentially give the A's two LHP starters should Brett Anderson stay in the rotation.
Jim Bowden has numbers for us:
Kazmir agrees to 2yrs $22m deal with A's #Confirmed— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 2, 2013
Also, what was suspected from Kazmir's deal is true as far as Colon is concerned:
Sources confirm Kazmir to the #Athletics and pursuit of Colon at an end.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 2, 2013
While we don't know the breakdown of his deal, it is possible that Kazmir will be the highest-paid player the A's have ever tendered a free agent contract to.