Barry Zito hoping to make return

Barry Zito sat out the entire 2014 season as he took a year off from baseball. A former Cy Young Award winner, a now 36-year-old Zito is looking to make a comeback. Scott Boras, the agent for Zito, told reporters at baseball’s winter meetings that Zito was hoping to return as a starter for the 2015 season. “He called me on the phone in August and said, ‘I’m ready to go...
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Tigers Fans Shouldn’t Worry, Verlander Is No Zito As Of Yet

Justin Verlander Tigers – Photo Credit – Keith Allison The hard throwing ace of the Detroit Tigers has been struggling as of late. Justin Verlander found himself on the losing end of last night’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Verlander currently has a 6 and 6 record with a 4.61 ERA. In his 14 games started this year, opponents have hit 7 home runs and have a .273 average...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Giant Bloggers "Playing Pepper" with the 2014 San Francisco Giants

Daniel Shoptaw is a many-faceted baseball blogger who has been in the business since 2007. He is a dedicated and knowledgeable St. Louis Cardinals analyst who has his writing thumb in many pies. Daniel's blog is C70 at the Bat, which is part of the esteemed Cards Concave group of Cardinal blog sites. Every year Mr. Shoptaw publishes his "Playing Pepper" series...
Via The Giants Cove
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics: Paging Barry Zito

Suddenly, the Oakland Athletics starting rotation is looking incredibly dicey. A.J. Griffin has been shutdown for three weeks as he deals with an “ailing right elbow.” Jarrod Parker’s entire 2014 season has been wiped out, as the right-hander will require Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. Even Scott Kazmir is struggling with triceps tightness, although it’s...
Via BaySportsNet
March 18, 2014  |  1 Comment

Barry Zito is taking time off but is not retiring?

Barry Zito plans to take some time off according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. That is not meant to be read as retiring. Zito, 35, is not planning to pitch this season after posting a 5.74 ERA across 133 1/3 innings of work last season for the San Francisco Giants. While older players have come back it’s hard to imagine that Zito will be better off in a year. The Giants declined...
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Buy Barry Zito’s West Hollywood Home With Amazing Views For $4.4 Million

Barry Zito’s off-season cleanse continues. Now that the former Cy Young winner doesn’t have spring training to worry about (yet), he’s clearing out…
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Rent Barry Zito’s Amazing Northern Cal Home For $28.5K A Month

Former Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants ace Barry Zito still hasn’t found a new home for his crafty pitching in 2014. While…
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Requiem For a Zito

It seems like only yesterday that my radio alarm clock woke me up with the somewhat startling news that Barry Zito had signed a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Giants. If I remember correctly, back then it was sort of assumed that Zito would sign with the Yankees or Red Sox or Mets, or some other team with money pouring out of every orifice. His signing with the Giants seemed...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Zito, Torres, Vogelsong, Cabrera, Johnson, Hudson and Arroyo!

Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors Over the weekend the San Francisco Giants officially declined the options for Barry Zito and Andres Torres. This makes them officially free agents. By declining Zito’s option, the Giants now must pay him a $7 million buyout. Talk about a nice parting gift for Zito.   Today is the day that the Giants must decide if they’re going...
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November 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Barry Zito Could Plug A Hole In Mets’ Rotation

There are already over 150 players who filed for free agency, but one who might be an interesting fit for the New York Mets might be Barry Zito. If given the choice of trying to fill a back-of-the-rotation hole between Johan Santana and Zito, I would make a run at Zito, even though he had a miserable 5-11 record and 5.74 ERA in 2013 for the simple reason he is healty. ZITO: Worth...
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November 04, 2013  |  1 Comment

Giants decline Zito's 2014 option

Barry Zito has known for months he would be leaving the Giants after seven up-and-down years in San Francisco. The sides formally parted ways Saturday, when the Giants declined to exercise Zito's $18 million contract option for next season and instead owe the left-hander a $7 million buyout. Also Saturday, San Francisco declined its $3 million mutual option for outfielder Andres...
Via AP on Fox
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants formally part ways with Barry Zito

The San Francisco Giants have formally parted ways with left-hander Barry Zito, declining to exercise his $18 million contract option for next season and instead owing him a $7 million buyout. Also Saturday, San Francisco declined its $3 million mutual option for outfielder Andres Torres and must pay him a $500,000 buyout. Zito, 35, has known this moment was coming, and recently...
Via AP on Fox
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants Decline Option On Barry Zito, Making Him A Free Agent

The Giants officially declined their $18.0 million option on lefthander Barry Zito and will instead pay him the $7 million buyout. This comes as no surprise to anyone the least of whom is Zito himself, who took out a full page ad three weeks ago to thank San Francisco Giants fans. This brings to an end the seven year relationship with the Giants who signed him to deal worth $126...
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November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

The Anti-Cy Young Awards

The first annual Dan Meyer Awards were a big success. While most of the world is focusing on players that succeeded in 2013, the DMAs focused on the dark side of batting statistics. Today, we are focusing on pitchers who were terrible in 2013. And despite this being more of a pitching era than a hitting era, there are no shortage of terrible pitching performances in this past season...
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November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Five observations from the World Series

With the Boston Red Sox being crowned World Champions on Wednesday night, here are five observations from their World Series win over the St Louis Cardinals. 1. John Lackey is this year's Barry Zito. Remember last year, when the highly-paid yet extremely disappointing Zito went 2-0 in the Postseason for the Giants, pitching to a 1.69 ERA in three starts and 16 innings? In the...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Japanese Pitcher Linked To Giants, Barry Zito Thanks Fans

Barry Zito Thanks San Francisco Giants Fans. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says Masahiro Tanaka will be coveted by some Major League Baseball teams. Yes, that means your San Francisco Giants are expected to be one of the teams involved per Sherman. The 24-year-old is considered a free agent, which means signing Tanaka will not command a draft pick.   If you haven’t heard...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Barry Zito Thanks Fans In San Francisco Chronicle

In 2007 the San Francisco Giants made a splash in the free agent market signing lefty pitcher Barry Zito to a 7 year, 119 million dollar deal. Zito was very inconsistent during his Giants tenure unable to consistently capture the mound magic he experienced across the bay in Oakland. When all was said and done Zito won 63 games for the Giants during his 7 years, earning approximately...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Starting Pitchers Linked To The Giants

Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors With Barry Zito‘s contract up and the possibility of Tim Lincecum signing elsewhere. The San Francisco Giants will have to be in play for some starting pitching. They’ve already been linked to a couple starting pitchers. One is a free agent and another is a trade possibility.    Free agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo thinks his...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Pence Deal, Lincecum Talks, Cuban Slugger, Zito Era Ends, Lopez Update

The 2013 season is now officially over for the San Francisco Giants. Over the weekend they extended outfielder Hunter Pence to a five-year deal worth $90 million. Pence will be paid $16 million in 2014, and $18.5 million annually, the remaining four years.   The Giants have started conversations with Tim Lincecum‘s agents but Lincecum doesn’t seem to be in any rush to get...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

How have Scott Boras' contract predictions fared over the years?

Super agent Scott Boras is known to boast about his clients’ market value, particularly as each player nears or enters free agency. Oh, Boras doesn’t come right out and give a number. Sometimes he gives a range. Sometimes he talks on background and allows a reporter to claim “Sources say Boras is looking for 5 years/$100 million for Johnny So-in-So.” This week, Boras tried...
Via Fangraphs
September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Goodbye(s?) To Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum

It’s been a rough week in Major League Baseball. Emotions always run high at the end of the season, but while the playoff celebrations are fun, they aren’t at the forefront of the news like usual. This year, all of baseball says goodbye to a legend, but Mariano Rivera deserves his own post at a later time. On the west coast, the Giants and their fans say goodbye to at least one...
Via BaySportsNet
September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Belt, Free Agents, Cuban Players, Suctaro, Zito and Lincecum

The 2013 isn’t officially over yet, but a lot of San Francisco Giants fans have already started looking ahead to the 2014 season. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle says Brandon Belt is okay with moving to left field if it helps the team. We all know Belt is a great first baseman and could even be a possible gold glove award winner. However, the Giants are looking...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Zito Beats Dodgers in Final Start as a Giant

It was the end of another ‘Barry era’ Wednesday night at AT&T Park as Barry Zito pitched his last game in a Giants jersey. That did not stop the 126 million dollar man from having an impressive outing in his swan song, throwing five innings while allowing just one earned run to pick up his first win since May 30. “It’s my last time in a Giants uniform,” the lefty said...
Via BaySportsNet
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Barry Zito earns first win in nearly four months

Barry Zito begged and pleaded to stay in the game, wanting this moment to last a little bit longer, and manager Bruce Bochy almost obliged the pitcher. Bochy stuck with his plan to pull Zito, who still won in what likely was his final hurrah for San Francisco, and Pablo Sandoval backed him with a two-run homer as the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 on Wednesday night. ...
Via AP on Fox
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Zito tops Dodgers for first win in nearly four months

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Zito won in what likely was his final hurrah for San Francisco, Pablo Sandoval backed him with a two-run homer and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 on Wednesday night. Tony Abreu hit a bases-loaded triple to stake Zito to a quick 3-0 lead in the second, then added an RBI double in the sixth as last year's World Series champions put themselves...
Via Fox Sports West
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss
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