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Oakland A's pitcher Scott Kazmir traded to Houston Astros

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The Oakland Athletics have traded starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros for right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham. Kazmir had been on turn to start against the Toronto Blue Jays, but the A's have instead recalled pitcher Arnold Leon to go to the bullpen, while Drew Pomeranz will start in Kazmir's place.

Jacob Nottingham, 20, was Houston's 6th round selection in the 2013 amateur draft out of Redlands High School in Redlands, CA. After two seasons in short season Rookie level play, 2015 marks Nottingham's first full season of professional baseball.

Daniel Mengden, 22, was Houston's 4th round selection in the 2014 amateur draft out of Texas A&M. The right-hander earned a promotion from Low-A to High-A in the middle of this season. His High-A statistics:

Don't be too alarmed by that ERA, however. His home team, the Lancaster JetHawks, plays at a ridiculously wind-blown high-altitude stadium that makes no pitcher look good.

Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow is already expressing excitement over bolstering his rotation:

This is a developing story.