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Barry Zito plans to keep pitching, but he’s busy surfing now

Dec 11, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Barry Zito is a free agent for the first time since 2007 after getting a $7 million buyout from the Giants to officially end his seven-year, $126 million contract. He’s also 36 years old and coming off a 5.74 ERA, but Andrew Baggarly of reports that Zito definitely plans to continue pitching.

However, at the moment he’s “not actively looking for a major league job” because … well, he’s busy surfing in Hawaii. “Off the Maui coastline” to be exact.

Baggarly notes that it’s possible Zito could take 2014 off “to reboot” and then attempt a comeback in 2015, but those would be some pretty long odds considering he’s teetering on the edge of not being a big league-caliber pitcher as is.

  1. thomas844 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Hudson with a contract in SF, Zito wants to keep pitching, Mulder wants to make a comeback. Amazing to see that elite pitching staff from the A’s of the early 2000s are still chugging along.

  2. chc4 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    This is Reuben Amaro Jr written all over it!!!!!

  3. missthemexpos - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Zito: Take a year off, recharge, and this time next year when the GM’s start drinking the Kool-Aid you will have a choice of offers to choose from,

  4. contraryguy - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    One rogue wave away from injuring a 36-year old knee? Not groovy, man.

  5. temporarilyexiled - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Barry, you’ve got guitar, riding the waves, and lots of money. Enjoy the warm breezes as you chill. That competitive fire thing was then. This is now. You performed when necessary. Time to retire.

    • vivabear - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz and I’m fine.

  6. mottershead1972 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Zito should kiss Marvin Miller’s gravestone….

    • steveg51 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:47 AM


  7. billybawl - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    If he shows up with a glove in mid- to late March, some team will take a one-year flyer on a lefty with big league experience. He doesn’t have to endure spring training and it probably won’t affect whatever his salary will be. It’s not necessarily bad for him to wait until there’s been some attrition in spring training to test the market. If he wants to pitch in 2014 that is.

  8. APBA Guy - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I hope Barry isn’t teaming up with Laird Hamilton to test out some tow-in off Peahi (Jaws)

  9. riverace19 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    He’s going out with a good career and he can remember the 2012 playoffs when he came alive. I would sign him just to pitch in April, his best month last couple of years

  10. wogggs - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:10 PM


  11. pisano - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Hey Barry, keep surfing, you’ll have a better future in surfing than you will pitching. That era isn’t too appealing to GM’s.

  12. Vindickative - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    It will also be interesting to see what kind of offers Mark “Cutback” Davis and Bob “Jungle Death” Gerard get.

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