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What the Scott Kazmir trade means for the rest of the market

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The Astros' acquisition of the lefty will have a domino effect on what happens in the lead-up to the trade deadline.

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The first major trade chip has been moved as the Oakland Athletics traded left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Astros for a pair of prospects, catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden.

There were several other teams in on Kazmir as well, so the move obviously changes their plans as it does with other teams looking to sell starting pitchers.

The Dodgers were one of the teams interested in Kazmir, and have now turned their attention toward Tigers lefty David Pricewho is reportedly atop their wish list now that Kazmir is off the table. Los Angeles is also reportedly after Texas' Yovani Gallardo in addition to Price.

Perhaps the most immediate effect of the Kazmir trade is that it has spurred the Blue Jays to action. Toronto is said to be in on several high-profile starters, the Reds' Johnny Cueto among them. The Blue Jays also seem to be in significant talks with the Padres today about both starting and relief pitchers, with closer Craig Kimbrel among their top targets according to MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo:

Before acquiring Kazmir, the Astros were also rumored to have interest in White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who will now likely be going elsewhere and whom the White Sox are making available according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN:

Samardzija could now go to the Dodgers or another pitching-starved team like Kansas City, who now has one less option on the table with Kazmir dealt.

As much as anything, the trade sets the market for pitchers, which should help to pry open the flood gates for other deals. Trade season just got a whole lot more interesting.