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Athletics-Astros Scott Kazmir trade reaction

We finally have a trade to talk about! Scott Kazmir is off to Houston and the Twittersphere responded with their immediate reactions.

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For the first 22 days of July, the trade deadline had been remarkably and excruciatingly slow. There weren't many rumors floating around about what teams were looking to acquire, and when there were, those rumors were almost immediately shut down. But on the 23rd day of July, the baseball gods smiled upon us, and Scott Kazmir was sent to Houston in exchange for some minor league prospects.

Neither Daniel Mengden nor Jacob Nottingham were top prospects for Houston, but both have upside.

While Oakland wound up agreeing with Houston on this deal, there were reportedly a few other teams in the mix.

Joel Sherman noted that while the Blue Jays were interested in Kazmir, nothing ever was close.

Jerry Crasnick reported that the Astros had Jeff Samardzija in their sights, but ultimately had to move on because of the White Sox unwillingness to commit.

Whether it was a coincidence, or a direct result of the trade market officially kicking off, the Padres are now open for business

Now that Kazmir is officially a member of the Astros, his new teammates have begun expressing their excitement, while at least one A's player was giving him a hard time.

Kazmir to the Astros should kick off a cascade of trades, and we could see something materialize quickly.

There are only eight days left before July 31st has passed, and all eyes will be on players like Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels, David Price, and many more. We finally have some action, and it should be a hectic week now that the flood gates have opened.