Scott Kazmir

Astros acquire lefty starter Scott Kazmir in deadline's first big deal

Rob Bradford
July 23, 2015 - 9:32 am

HOUSTON -- In the first significant trade prior to next Friday's non-waiver trade deadline, the Astros have acquired Oakland starter Scott Kazmir in exchange for pitcher Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham. The 31-year-old Kazmir has totaled a 2.38 ERA this season in 18 starts and 109 2/3 innings. He is coming off a 2014 season in which he finished at 15-9 with a 3.55 ERA. The lefty is in the final year of a two-year, $22 million deal. He is coming off an 8 1/3-inning outing against the Twins Saturday in which he allowed one run on five hits. Mengden was the Astros fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft, making 10 appearances (8 starts) for Single-A Lancaster. While his ERA stood at 5.26, he did strikeout 48 in 49 2/3 innings. Kazmir joins an Astros rotation that includes Dallas Keuchel, Scott Feldman, Colin McHugh, Lance McCullers and Vince Velasquez. Nottingham as Houston's sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft, having put up a .326 batting average and .941 OPS between two Single-A teams this season. He has also hit 14 homers.