Astros acquire veteran pitcher Scott Kazmir

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Scott Kazmir; via Houston Astros Twitter Page

HOUSTON – The Houston Astros traded for left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir from the Oakland A’s in exchange for two minor league players, pitcher Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham.

Kazmir, 31, was 5-5 this season for the Athletics with a 2.38 ERA in 18 starts for Oakland. Kazmir is a 11-year veteran and three-time All-Star.

“Scott Kazmir is one of the best pitchers in the American League and strengthens our rotation,” said Astros General Manger Jeff Luhnow. “His addition gives the Astros a better chance of reaching and succeeding in the postseason. It has been a while since the Astros have been relevant late in the summer and winning now is a priority.”

Kazmir is a Houston-area native having attended Cy Falls High School.