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Barry Zito has pitched his way out of the Giants’ rotation for the final time

Aug 29, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Heading into Monday’s start at Coors Field all indications were that Barry Zito was pitching for his spot in the Giants’ rotation and he predictably struggled, so now he’s getting the boot with a month remaining on his massive contract.

Andrew Baggarly of reports that the Giants are currently listing Sunday’s starter at “TBA” instead of Zito and manager Bruce Bochy is hinting that Yusmeiro Petit will get the nod against the Diamondbacks in Arizona.

Zito is 0-8 with a 9.25 ERA on the road this season and 0-7 with a 7.78 ERA in 61 innings overall since June 1. He’ll get another $8 million when the Giants buy out his 2014 option and then hit the open market as a free agent this offseason.

  1. mrpinkca - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    At this point I don’t entirely see the logic in this. With the exception of Gaudin, none of the pitchers the Giants have called in to make spot starts has done particularly well, and it’s not like the Giants are contending.

    There is also no way he hits the innings limit (200, which would force year 8 on the Giants). But whatever. Like I said, the Giants aren’t contending.

  2. whitdog23 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    $8 million buyout — baseball is whack

  3. temporarilyexiled - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    On positive note, there’s a modest living to be had playing guitar on the streets for the SF tourists…

  4. asimonetti88 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    $126 million and a couple World Series rings… not a bad few years for Zito. He had a nice run last year too, not sure if the Giants win the World Series if he doesn’t step up for them in the playoffs.

    • bgrillz - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      I’m with you on this. He really stepped up huge last season, and in the post season. That’s where it mattered most. He had so many tough times as a Giant, I as a fan will always be grateful for his performance in Game 5 in St. Louis, as well as game one of the World Series.

      • eatitfanboy - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        And because of those performances, some pitching hungry team will STILL overpay him next year hoping to recapture lightning in a barrel or claiming “all he needed was a change of scenery” or whatnot.

        Nice work if you can get it.

      • tonyz6060chevy - Aug 30, 2013 at 1:18 AM

        As a big Dodgers fan ,I’ll always be grateful for Bary Zito being with the Giants, and I mean that from the heart of my bottom!

    • guzmanje - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      2010 as well. Even though he was left off the post-season roster he did not have a bad year. A little run support and it could have easily been the other way around. 3 loses were shutouts. 4 loses by 1 run. 5 loses by 2 runs. 5 loses he held opponents to 3 runs or less. He did get shelled twice, but who doesn’t every now and then. Keep in mind the Giants needed every single win they got to stay out of a one game playoff with the Padres, so if Zito (or any other pitcher) looses a game, who knows what would have happened.

  5. jm91rs - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    As bad as the contract really looks, I don’t think there’s a team out there that would be too upset if they won two rings while being stuck with a contract like that.

  6. aceshigh11 - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

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