Four potential trades for lefty pitcher Scott Kazmir

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When it comes to starting pitchers who could be traded prior to the MLB trade deadline, Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto get most of the national attention, and for good reason; both pitchers can significantly boost a team's playoff chances.

But there's another starting pitcher who is likely to be traded by the deadline, even if his team jumps back into contention. Oakland Athletics veteran Scott Kazmir is a free agent at season's end, and given the dramatically escalating salaries in MLB, the low-revenue Athletics simply can't afford to bring him back after this season. GM Billy Beane would much rather trade Kazmir than receive just draft-pick compensation for him, so I expect him to be dealt