Dec 2, 2013, 6:22 PM PDT
The Oakland Athletics won’t be getting a Cyber Monday deal for left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir. The soon-to-be 30-year-old pitcher and the A’s have agreed to a two-year, $22 million contract, according to multiple reports.
Here’s a look at the Kazmir signing by the numbers.
22,000,000: The amount of dollars Kazmir will reportedly be getting paid by the A’s, making him the team’s highest-paid player. Is he really worth more than Yoenis Cespedes, who will make $10.5 million in 2014 and $21 million over the next two seasons? How about Coco Crisp, who will make $7.5 million in 2014? It sure pays to be a lefty pitcher.
92.5: Kazmir’s average fastball velocity jumped up to 92.5 mph during the 2013 season. His fastball dipped to 90.5 mph in 2010, which was his last full season in the big leagues. It fell as low as 86 mph in his one game with the Los Angeles Angels in 2011. Finding a way to heal up and fix his velocity has saved his career.
29: The 29 games Kazmir started in 2013 for the Cleveland Indians are the most he’s started in any season since 2007. That was quite a while ago. At age 29, the A’s hope he has plenty left in the tank after revitalizing his career.
9.23: In 2013, Kazmir averaged 9.23 strikeouts per nine innings. He last did that in 2008, with the Tampa Bay Rays.
31: The amount of games Kazmir has started in the minor leagues and independent leagues since making his MLB debut in 2004.
2002: The year Kazmir was selected with the 15th overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. The A’s had the 16th pick and took Nick Swisher. The 2002 draft became known as “The Moneyball draft” after it was documented by author Michael Lewis. For fun: Cole Hamels was taken by the Philadephia Phillies with the 17th overall pick and Matt Cain was selected by the San Francisco Giants with the 25th pick.
158: The number of innings Kazmir threw for the Indians in 2013. He had a 4.04 ERA in those frames and struck out 162 batters.
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