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Giants decline options on Barry Zito, Andres Torres

Nov 2, 2013, 7:54 PM EDT

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A couple of easy decisions here for the Giants …

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the San Francisco front office has officially declined an $18 million club option on left-hander Barry Zito and a club option of unknown value on outfielder Andres Torres. The players are now free agents.

Zito, 35, posted a brutal 5.74 ERA (58 ERA+) across 133 1/3 innings during the 2013 regular season — the final chapter of that seven-year, $126 million free agent contract that he received in December 2006.

Torres, also 35, hit .250/.302/.342 with two home runs in 300 plate appearances this past summer.

Zito got a $7 million buyout from the Giants. It’s not clear whether Torres got anything.

  1. rbj1 - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Torres got a year’s supply of Turtle Wax.

  2. NYTolstoy - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    well atleast the nightmare that was the zito deal ends. Tough seven years but we survived. Goodbye zito only way back into giant stadium is with a ticket my friend.

  3. dirtydrew - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    And it’s finally over. What a bad contract. At least the Giants won the World Series twice over it he contracts life. 126 million!!!???

    • norcalrugger - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      Just think of it like this. The Giants paid 126 Million dollars for 2 World Series Championships.

      • aceshigh11 - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        If that helps you sleep at night. Ha.

    • stercuilus65 - Nov 3, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Do you really think they won because of Zito? They won in spite of him!

      • rocketbutt - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        Zito had key victories in the NLCS and World Series in 2012. He pitched very well and even added an RBI or two, I think.

        He also won 15 games that year. (Yeah, I know, win/loss is deceptive, blah blah blah…)

        So, yeah, I’d say the Giants won a number of games because of Zito.

  4. temporarilyexiled - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    And after a few more easy decisions and many more hard ones, they might even be able to contend.

  5. stercuilus65 - Nov 3, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Worst free agent gning EVER. LOL!

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