Sep 6, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (26) delivers in the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics sign Scott Kazmir, no longer interested in Bartolo Colon

Early Monday morning, it was reported that the Oakland Athletics were not overly optimistic about retaining starting pitcher Bartolo Colon. The team only was comfortable with a particular number of years and a particular salary, figures that didn’t sit well with the 40-year-old Colon who wouldn’t agree.

The team decided to move on as the A’s signed Scott Kazmir to a two-year, $22 million dollar deal this afternoon:

Kazmir agrees to 2yrs $22m deal with A’s #Confirmed

While the A’s reluctance to pay Colon was understandable given his demands and his age, $11 million a season for Kazmir, who spent last season with the Cleveland Indians, is quite costly in itself. Granted, the pitching market isn’t exactly saturated and it’s relatively fair market price, but that’s a lot of money for a pitcher coming off a season with 4.04 ERA and a history of injury problems.

Regardless, as many have shown before, there are few better places to pitch in professional baseball than at the Coliseum and Kazmir should find plenty of success by the Bay.

The Kazmir deal all but puts an end to Oakland’s attempt to re-sign Colon:

Sources confirm Kazmir to the #Athletics and pursuit of Colon at an end.

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