Found November 02, 2013 on Nation Orange:
The least surprising news of the offseason just became official: the San Francisco Giants have declined the 2014 options for pitcher Barry Zito, and outfielder Andres Torres. This is, obviously, not surprising at all. In fact, if the Giants had not done this, it would have been breaking news of the most extreme variety. Both Zito and Torres are aging veterans coming off very poor seasons. Zito’s option for 2014 was $18 million, so the club bought him out for $7 million, saving $11 million (which was promptly put into Hunter Pence). Torres’ option was a much more modest $3 million, but the club wisely bought it out for only $500,000. Neither player can be surprised by this happening, as it was clear that the Giants would not be retaining their services. Thankfully, Zito got to experience a full thank you from the crowd in a touching exit during the final game of the season; Torres, unfortunately, did not get such treatment since he was dealt an injury and missed the end of th...
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