Source: A’s, Kazmir close to 2-year, $22 million deal

OAKLAND, Calif. — A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir is closing in on a $22 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics.

The new contract would be pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the team hadn’t finalized the deal or formally announced interest in Kazmir.

The 29-year-old Kazmir went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts and 158 innings last season for the Cleveland Indians. It marked his return to the big leagues for the first time since making one poor outing for the Angels in 2011, which followed a 9-15 performance in 2010 for Los Angeles.

With the pending acquisition of Kazmir, the A’s have filled a rotation spot with a veteran starter as they had hoped to do. That means the two-time defending AL West champions won’t necessarily continue to pursue a new deal for 40-year-old 18-game winner Bartolo Colon.

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