Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow from an Astros press release:
"Scott Kazmir is one of the best pitchers in the American League and strengthens our rotation," said Luhnow. "His addition gives the Astros a better chance of reaching and succeeding in the postseason. It has been a while since the Astros have been relevant late in the summer and winning now is a priority."
Beane: "We had to be realistic about where we were as a club." Though record was better of late, division deficit too large to stand pat.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) July 23, 2015
Beane said he pulled the trigger on the deal once Nottingham was included. Everything came together quickly thereafter.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) July 23, 2015
Beane on Kazmir: "We haven't dabbled in the free-agent market much since I've been here, but he's one of the best free agents I've had."— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) July 23, 2015