LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

PHOENIX (AP) - Scott Kazmir is walking into a new situation with the Oakland Athletics and a new role.

At 30, Kazmir finds himself as a veteran presence on a team full of young talent.

Kazmir signed a two-year, $22 million contract with the A's as a free agent.

Less than two years removed from pitching in an independent league, the left-hander is the newest member of Oakland's starting rotation.

The AL West champions reported to spring training Friday for physicals, and team workouts will begin Saturday.

Read or Share this story: http://on.news10.net/1b4WZad