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Scouts were out in full force for Scott Kazmir's latest start

Scott Kazmir's time in Oakland seems to be coming to an end.

Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Kazmir turned in arguably his best start of the season, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Whether or not Billy Beane decides to fully enter "sell mode", Kazmir is likely headed out of Oakland soon. In 90.1 innings this year, he's posted an ERA of 2.79, an FIP of 3.37, and a SIERA of 3.77. While it would be nice for the Athletics to be able to keep him, he's a free agent at the end of 2015, and Beane is notorious for trading players set to leave.

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, scouts from the "Royals, Cubs, Nationals, and Twins" were at the Coliseum to see the lefty in action. However that doesn't mean those are the only teams that could target Kazmir in the lead-up to the deadline. Despite being in the same division as Oakland, the Astros have also been connected to him.

Multiple teams will be bidding for his services, as he could be either a complimentary piece for a contender like Washington or Chicago, or be a saving grace for a team like the Royals or Blue Jays. Even though he's a rental player, Beane should be able to extract quite a bit of value from another team, as pitching will be a highly sought after commodity before the trade deadline passes.

Once the season is over, Kazmir appears set for a lucrative offseason. He's 31 years old, and after it appeared that his career had come to a sudden and abrupt end, he's revived himself with the Athletics; and he should have no problem fetching a multi-year deal on the open market. He's coming off a two year deal worth $22 million, and his next contract will likely eclipse both the duration and total monetary commitment.