The list of possible starting pitchers has just shortened for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Scott Kazmir of the Oakland A’s has been traded to the Houston Astros for two minor league prospects.
The Dodgers are in search of a starting pitcher to round out their rotation as Carlos Frias has been out since June 30 with a back injury and Brett Anderson may be out with an Achilles’ tendon issue.
The trade was made official by the A’s official Twitter page:
#Athletics trade LHP Scott Kazmir to Houston for RHP Daniel Mengden and C Jacob Nottingham; recall RHP Arnold Leon
— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) July 23, 2015
Kazmir has averaged about six innings per start and has an ERA of just 2.38. He has also posted a career-low of a 1.09 WHIP in 109.2 innings of work and has had a quality start in 11 of his 18 appearances.
His 2.2 WAR would have put him just behind Clayton Kershaw (4.2) and Zack Greinke (3.7) if he had joined the Dodgers. He also had the third lowest ERA in July (0.47) behind Kershaw and Greinke.
Instead, he joins an Astros team who also needs another three starter. The Astros have used 11 starters this season, just one less than the Dodgers.
However, only two Astros starters have pitched in more than 100 innings. With the Astros just two games out of the American League West, it was imperative they find a pitcher who will help them down the stretch.
The Dodgers now find themselves scrambling for another pitcher. They were thought to be one of the favorites in getting the 3-time All-Star, but now find themselves looking at either Johnny Cueto, David Price, or Cole Hamels, among others.