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It sounds like the Giants are just about done with Barry Zito

Aug 22, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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For years Barry Zito‘s big contract has been the primary reason for his remaining in San Francisco’s rotation, but with just six weeks to go until he can be cut loose the Giants sound ready to end the relationship early.

Zito lasted just 3.2 innings against the Red Sox yesterday and afterward manager Bruce Bochy hinted at changes in the rotation, telling Andrew Baggarly of “I don’t want to go into the choices, but I’ll talk to the staff before we talk about that.”

Baggarly notes that the Giants “do not lightly discard players who have set a good example and gone about their business the right way.” In other words, Zito might be hurting the team and might have zero chance of playing for the Giants beyond this season, but he’s been a nice guy on good teams. He’s also been paid $120 million and will get a $7 million buyout of his 2014 option.

Zito’s next scheduled start is Monday at Coors Field, which would seem almost cruel at this point. He has a 5.63 ERA in 120 innings overall and is 0-8 with a 9.50 ERA on the road, including 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in two starts at Coors Field.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Hey Rockies! Monday’s gonna be WIN Day!

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    The Giants essentially tanked yesterday’s game against the Red Sox by using Zito.

  3. pop562 - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    So you’re telling me, Zito is worst than Capuano? I didn’t think its possible.

    • senioreditor2 - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Capuano 4-6 4.70 for 6 million or 1.5 mil/per victory
      Zito 4-9 5.63 for 20 million or 5 mil/per victory

      Capuano is a bargain!

      • bobulated - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        I thought we were past using wins as a measuring stick for pitching futility. ERA and FIPS please! 😉

      • norcalfrog - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        I prefer to read it as Capuano, $1mil/loss, Zito, $2.2mil

        Capuano is still a bargain…

      • pop562 - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        indeed he is…but I still prefer Fife over Capuano for some odd reason.

  4. muskyhunter2542 - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I envy and lothe this guy at the same time for having sex with Alyssa Milano. My dream girl.

    • mc1439 - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      She used to be very hot. All those hot loads she took from any athlete is catching up with her.

      • muskyhunter2542 - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        I havent seen any pictures of her since she shat out a kid

    • lingerie00yardsale - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Barry Zito and Brad Penny compared notes about that very thing.

  5. kardshark1 - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Because they stubbornly threw Zito out there every 5th day, his consistent crappiness enabled them to score high draft picks and land Posey, Lincecum, Bumgarner and Wheeler.

    Thanks for stinking up the joint for so many years, Zito. His 83 mph belt high fastball ultimately led to two championships. Who would have thunk it?

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