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  1. Wanna Buy Barry Zito’s house? No, the other one.

    May 28, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT

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    This house reminds me of something. I bet when you hear what that is, you’ll agree. Assuming you’re cool.

  2. Barry Zito is taking a sabbatical

    Feb 18, 2014, 7:24 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    I was unemployed for a month and a half a few years back. It wasn’t voluntary. I just got laid off and it took me a bit longer than I thought it would to find another job. Thanks, financial crisis of 2008. Anyway, I called it a sabbatical because that sounded fancier than saying I…

  3. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  4. Tonight in Jack Morris hyperbole

    Dec 21, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Jack Morris Blue Jays

    Over the years, staunchly traditionalist baseball writers have had to stretch further and further to make their Hall of Fame case for Jack Morris. At first, all they felt was necessary was pointing to his career 254 wins, which would tie him 13th all-time (out of 56) with Red Faber for the most wins by…

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

    Dec 11, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    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 CSNBayArea.com reports that Zito definitely plans to continue pitching. However, at…

  6. 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,…

  7. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  8. Let us not freak out about free agent salaries, OK?

    Oct 23, 2013, 6:56 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    I feel like people freak out a little bit every fall and winter when the first couple of free agents sign. The dollars get announced and the reaction is some form of “wow, what an overpay!” and “if [Player X] gets that, [Player Y] is going to get insane dollars!” We’ve seen a little bit…

  9. Barry Zito buys a full-page ad to thank Giants fans

    Oct 14, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Barry Zito‘s time in San Francisco is almost certainly over. His seven years with the Giant did coincide with much organizational success but, obviously, Zito experienced more personal downs than ups in the orange and black. But to the extent Zito struggled in San Francisco, he never felt abandoned by fans. Or of he did…

  10. Giants overcommit to Hunter Pence

    Sep 28, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Now that he’s out from under the Barry Zito (seven years, $126 million) and Aaron Rowand (five years, $60 million) contracts, Giants GM Brian Sabean has the financial muscle to swing for the fences again. And the result: a five-year, $90 million contract for Hunter Pence. For Pence, is a windfall that certainly exceeds any…

  11. Barry Zito quietly bids goodbye to the San Francisco Giants

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    It started with a splash but ended quite quietly. Barry Zito pitched and won for the Giants last night, completing his seven-year contract that, at one time, was considered the worst in baseball history. Zito gave up two runs — one earned — on four hits over five innings in Wednesday’s win against the Dodgers.…

  12. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 26, 2013, 7:04 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins

    Tigers 1, Twins 0: The Tigers finally clinch the AL Central. It was a nail-biter, though, as they scored their lone run in the first inning and then held off the Twins all night long. Best part of their celebration? For the second year in a row Max Scherzer rocked the goggles with two different…

  13. The Roberto Clemente Award Nominees have been announced

    Sep 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Clayton Kershaw won it last year.  The 2013 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. And now my annual complaint, albeit a minor one: Baseball has set…

  14. Barry Zito’s “gesture of appreciation” is $126 million

    Sep 6, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Barry Zito has been terrible this season, going 4-11 with a 5.91 ERA, but the Giants have repeatedly stuck with him in the rotation until finally deciding this week that they’ve seen enough. And then I read this from Chris Haft of MLB.com: While reiterating his respect for Barry Zito, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said…

  15. Barry Zito got another start and it went poorly … again

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    It looked like Barry Zito had pitched his way out of the Giants’ rotation for the final time last week, but instead they gave him another start last night and he lost on the road again. Zito was yanked after four innings against the Padres, allowing four runs while dropping to 0-9 with a 9.25…

  16. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 3, 2013, 6:25 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Houston Astros

    Twins 10, Astros 6: Rookie and independent league veteran Chris Colabello homered twice including a grand slam to break a 6-6 tie in the ninth. Entering Sunday he was on an 0 for 23 skid and now here he is having the best day of his life. Probably the best day he’ll ever have at a ballpark.…

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

    Aug 29, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    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 CSNBayArea.com reports that the Giants are currently listing Sunday’s starter at “TBA”…

  18. Barry Zito plus Coors Field equals …

    Aug 27, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Last week I wrote about how Barry Zito trying to save his rotation spot with a start at Coors Field seemed like it was bound to fail and sure enough he failed to make it out of the fifth inning last night against the Rockies. Zito allowed five runs in four innings, serving up a…

  19. Barry Zito will try to save his rotation spot at Coors Field

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    The good news for Barry Zito is that Giants manager Bruce Bochy has decided to leave him in the rotation for at least one more start after dropping some hints about possibly booting him. The bad news for Zito is that his next start is Monday against the Rockies at Coors Field. So he’ll try…

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

    Aug 22, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    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…

  21. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 22, 2013, 6:55 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 4, Rays 2: Chris Davis homers again. Number 46 on the year. He’s four short of the all-time Orioles record. He tied Rafael Palmiero for the most home homers in Orioles history with 25. Tommy Hunter got the save, as it does appear that Buck Showalter is gonna go with the hot hand now.…

  22. Giants designate Jeff Francoeur for assignment, place Chad Gaudin on 15-day disabled list

    Aug 20, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

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    The Giants made a flurry of 25-man and 40-man roster moves before Tuesday night’s game vs. the Red Sox. Our friends at CSNBayArea.com have the goods: The Giants recalled pitchers Mike Kickham and Jean Machi from Triple-A Fresno and made room on the 25-man roster by placing Chad Gaudin on the disabled list and designating…

  23. What do Dan Haren, Barry Zito, and A.J. Burnett have in common?

    Aug 9, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    No, none of them are in my kitchen. Nationals starter Dan Haren tossed seven solid innings of ball tonight, holding the Phillies to two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out seven. Haren earned the W, the first of his career against the Phillies and his seventh of the year. The win…

  24. UPDATE: Giants unable to reach deal with Ted Lilly

    Aug 6, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Ted Lilly

    UPDATE, 6:25 p.m. ET: Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish says the deal has been called off because the two sides could not come to an agreement on a designated callup date. Lilly remains a free agent. ***************** 3:45 p.m. ET: Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Giants are nearing a minor-league contract with…

  25. Giants set to active Ryan Vogelsong for Friday start

    Aug 6, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v San Francisco Giants

    Out since mid-May with a fractured hand, Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong is expected to come off the disabled list and pitch Friday against the Orioles. Even before the injury Vogelsong’s rotation spot may have been in jeopardy because he posted a 7.09 ERA in nine starts, so it’ll be interesting to see how much patience…

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