baseball • A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir is closing in on a $22 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics. The new contract would be pending a physical.
The 29-year-old Kazmir went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts last season for the Cleveland Indians. It marked his return to the big leagues for the first time since making one poor outing for the Angels in 2011.
• Infielder Brendan Ryan has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract to remain with the New York Yankees. The 31-year-old was acquired from Seattle on Sept. 10, a day before the Yankees said captain Derek Jeter would be sidelined for the rest of the season. Ryan hit .220 with one homer in 17 games with New York.