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Blue Jays, Tigers send scouts to Scott Kazmir's start

The Royals and Yankees were also represented.

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Scott Kazmir just got a bit more expensive. Kazmir's name continues to be mentioned in trade rumors, and according to Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle, the Blue Jays, Royals, Tigers, and Yankees all had scouts present for Kazmir's quality start on Saturday night.

Kazmir, 31, could be dealt to a team in contention and has drawn a notable amount of interest over the last few weeks. While the Athletics might not opt to sell, Kazmir could still be traded and Oakland could seek prospects in return. Over 101.1 innings this season, Kazmir has posted a 2.49 ERA and 3.16 FIP through 17 starts. He also posted a 3.55 ERA and 3.35 FIP over 32 starts and 190.1 innings last season and is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. As a result, the Athletics are expected to see what the veteran lefty can yield in a potential deal. Athletics General Manager Billy Beane has a reputation for dealing players who are scheduled to become free agents.

Over 8.1 shutout innings against the Twins on Saturday, Kazmir allowed five hits while walking one and striking out five. He continues to pitch well and as a result the Athletics might increase their asking price as clubs seeking starting pitching begin to make deals.

While Toronto has been in pursuit of bullpen help, the organization is also seeking a top starter and Kazmir might be a realistic option. Detroit has been linked to several middle of the rotation arms and the Yankees and Royals are known to be in the market for pitching depth. Although those are the only teams who attended Kazmir's latest start, Kazmir might also be linked to the Astros, Nationals, Cubs, or Twins, all clubs that are expected to have interest in adding another starter.

Even though Kazmir is a rental player, the Athletics should be able to maximize their return. He consistently pitches well and will likely only get more expensive as the deadline approaches.