Free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir agreed to terms on a $22 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Monday, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said.
The deal is pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity 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.
Kazmir will join a rotation featuring Sonny Gray and A.J. Griffin.
In other news, the Indians did not tender a contract to catcher Lou Marson, who was slowed by injuries in 2013.
Marson was dropped from Cleveland’s roster on Monday, making the 27-year-old a free agent. Marson, who played in 253 games for the Indians since 2009, became expendable with the emergence of catcher Yan Gomes.
The club avoided salary arbitration with relievers Frank Herrmann and Blake Wood by signing them to one-year contracts. Both pitchers are coming off Tommy John surgery and will make $560,000 in 2014.
The Indians also did not tender contracts to outfielder Matt Carson and right-hander Tyler Cloyd.
Marson joined the Indians in 2009, coming over in the trade that sent Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee to Philadelphia. Marson was primarily a backup catcher for Cleveland. He was injured in a home-plate collision against Tampa Bay on April 6 and spent two stints on the disabled list. He appeared in just three games for the Indians last season.