Left-hander Josh Outman, who missed last year recovering from Tommy John surgery, also could be an option to start. He made a good impression in the instructional league this fall.
The A's stayed in the division chase until late in the season _ losing out to the AL champion Texas Rangers _ and finished 81-81 for second place in the AL West. That was despite using the disabled list 23 times, two shy of the franchise record set in 2008. Oakland fired head athletic trainer Steve Sayles, so finding his replacement is also on the to-do list. Beane said the A's would begin interviewing candidates next week.
Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore said Mazzaro will be in the team’s rotation next season. The 24-year-old right-hander went 6-8 with a 4.27 ERA in 24 appearances, including 18 starts, last season. When Anderson was sidelined with an elbow injury, Mazzaro moved into the rotation June 8 and made 17 consecutive starts.
“This deal allows us to further increase our pitching depth at the major and minor league levels,” Moore said. “Vin Mazzaro fits into our rotation for next season while Justin Marks is a young left-hander who we see starting 2011 at (Class A) Wilmington.”