The Houston Astros have been looking to add a starting pitcher to their rotation and today they were able to do just that as they acquired pitcher Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics in return the Astros sent pitcher Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham to Oakland.
Kazmir will bolster an Astros rotation that already ranks in the top 10 in ERA while the team currently sits one game behind the Los Angeles Angels for first in the American League West and two games ahead of the Minnesota Twins for first in the American League wild card race. For the Athletics they acquired a couple prospects for an upcoming free agent as they currently sit eight games out of the second American League wild card spot.
Kazmir has been having a very solid season as he has a 2.38 ERA with 101 strikeouts in 18 games. Kazmir’s career record is 96-84 with an ERA of 3.95 and he becomes a free agent after the season.
Jacob Nottingham is a 20 year old drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. He is currently playing advanced A Baseball where he has played 18 games while hitting for a .320 batting average with four home runs and 14 RBI.
Daniel Mengden is a 22 year old drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. He is currently playing advanced A Baseball where he has played in 10 games and has a record of 2-1 with a 5.26 ERA and has 48 strikeouts.
Kazmir is scheduled to make his first start for the Astros tomorrow night when they open a three game set against the Royals in Kansas City.