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Athletics rumors: Scott Kazmir still drawing interest from Oakland

Oakland has added a notable amount of pitching to this point and might not be done.

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Oakland has added a notable amount of pitching to this point in the off-season and might not be done. The A's are still in pursuit of free agent Scott Kazmir, according to's Joe Stiglich.

Why this rumor makes sense

While the Athletics have been able to add starting pitching depth this off-season, adding Kazmir would likely prove to be the most valuable addition.

To this point, the A's have added Rich Hill, Ryan Madson, John Axford, Liam Hendriks and Henderson Alvarez. After struggling throughout 2015 and sending Kazmir to Houston before the non-waiver trade deadline last July, the Athletics have expressed a clear desire to upgrade their pitching staff.

Kazmir, 31, has consistently pitched well and would likely aid the A's starting rotation. With Johnny Cueto, Zack Greinke and Jordan Zimmermann off the market, Kazmir could be the next arm to be signed, and some clubs might be more interested because he is a left-handed starter with ace potential.

Over 183.0 innings between the Astros and A's last season, Kazmir pitched to a 3.10 ERA and 3.98 FIP.

Why this rumor does not make sense

Since he is one of the top free agents still available, Kazmir might request an extensive contract, and the Athletics might not be in a position to give him a large deal.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman noted last week Kazmir had multiple three-year offers thought to be worth between $12 and $13 million. Heyman also pointed out a four-year deal might be extensive enough to land Kazmir, but even that might not be realistic for Oakland.

The Royals, Orioles and Dodgers are all also reportedly interested in Kazmir, and each of those clubs would likely be able to sign Kazmir to a deal worth more than the Athletics could be willing to spend.

Likeliness overall: 4/10

The Athletics very well could add another starter this winter, and Kazmir is familiar with the organization. But ultimately, he will likely prove to be too expensive.