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Barry Zito

A's trade Kazmir to Houston; Zobrist and Clippard could be next

OAKLAND, Calif. The dismantling of the 2015 A's began Thursday when the club traded left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros for a couple of prospects. Unable to overcome the hole they dug for themselves in May when they lost 14 of 16, the A's looked at their less-than-lofty position 11 games out of first place in the American League West, seven games behind in the wild-card race at the start of play on Thursday and bowed to the inevitable. "We had to be realistic about where we were at," general manager Billy Beane said. The A's received two Class-A players for Kazmir, including catcher Jacob Nottingham, the ninth-rated prospect in the...