With the trade deadline approaching, the Houston Astros have made the first major move, acquiring Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics. There had been plenty of speculation that the Astros were targeting a quality starting pitcher, and they did such. Just two games back in the AL West, the Astros lost their lead just before the All-Star break.
In the deal, the Astros traded away two prospects, pitcher Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham. Kazmir is set to be a free agent at the end of the year, showing that the Astros are committed to winning now. As he was scheduled to start today’s game for the A’s before being traded, he should be slated to pitch soon.
See the Astros' welcome to him: