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Jed Lowrie isn’t the only former Oakland A All-Star looking to make a comeback in 2021. Another household name is back in the Bay Area, albeit on the other side.
The San Francisco Giants signed pitcher Scott Kazmir ESPN’s Buster Olney reports on a minor league contract. If he forms the MLB roster, he makes $ 600,000, slightly more than the league minimum, and there is no opt-out date by which the Giants must educate him, adds Susan Slusser of the SF Chronicle .
The left was last used in the Majors for the Dodgers in 2016, and he’s already made a famous comeback in his career. In 2012, the longtime star dropped out of the affiliated ball entirely and went to the independent Atlantic League. However, he worked his way back to the majors with the Indians and signed with the A’s in 2014. That year, he made the All-Star team with Oakland, the third pick of his career, and even better the next summer before being removed from the Rebuild Club in July (in a transaction tree that eventually led to Khris Davis) .
However, success did not continue after signing in Los Angeles the following winter. He was sold to the Braves and later released in the spring of 2018. Now he’s back at 37.
“What year is it?” Kazmir joked in a full report, according to Slusser, which I promise is worth your click and read time. On the details of Slusser’s story, Kazmir stayed in shape while he was away from baseball, and his sons are called Bodhi and Utah. Do you think there’s a chance he’s a point break fan?
Good luck to Kaz in his potential third MLB career! May he do well enough to part with a bad Giants team so we can better root him here at Athletics Nation.
Additional note: Giants President of Baseball Ops Farhan Zaidi was the A’s general meeting when Kaz signed in Oakland, and he was the Dodgers GM when Kaz signed in LA
Find someone who likes you as much as Farhan Zaidi Scott Kazmir.
– Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) February 23, 2021
MLB News & Interest
The transaction mill is closing for good after a busy February, but there are still some notable changes.
It’s a shame Choo left the majors, but A’s pitchers will breathe a sigh of relief after years of being torn apart by him
Wilson moves to the other New York team after two good years on the Mets. After an excellent 2015 season, this will be his second appearance with the Yankees
Justin Wilson Receives $ 5.15M plus Incentives on Yankees Deal.
$ 2,850,000 – 2021
Player option 2022 for $ 2,300,000.
If the player option is not exercised, the club option 2022 for a buyout of $ 7,150,000 or $ 1,150,000.
If the player option is exercised, the club option 2023 for a minimum of + $ 500,000.
– Jon Heyman (@ JonHeyman) February 23, 2021
It’s a $ 2.25 million deal for the nearer former A, with a mutual option for $ 3.5 million in 2022 (or $ 500,000 buyout).
I can confirm @ nickpiecoro’s report that the Diamondbacks have agreed to Tyler Clippard
– Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) February 23, 2021
Mayfield is a versatile infielder
The #Braves today requested OF Guillermo Heredia from the New York Mets and named INF Jack Mayfield for the assignment.
– Atlanta Braves (@Braves) February 24, 2021
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This is my new favorite danger! Player intro ever. Natalie from Walnut Creek is a fan of MVP A!
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News that stadium news is coming!
A legacy of brilliance on the hot corner in Oakland
The context, of course, is that most of Semien’s MLB experience came with the A’s
Marcus Semien says of Zoom that he is impressed with the quantity and quality of the #BlueJays support staff – strength trainers, dietitians, etc. who expose him to new ideas and resources.
“What I noticed here in Toronto is that there are a lot more people here to help you with your game.”
– Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) February 22, 2021