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Zito's future: 'Good question'

Posted on: September 6, 2011 8:36 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 8:39 pm
Beleaguered San Francisco left-hander Barry Zito threw a simulated game Tuesday. But the looming question is, big picture, what's he pitching toward?

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was non-commital when asked whether the Giants will view Zito as a starter or as a reliever going forward. Being that the club owes Zito at least $46 million through 2014 -- and that some where surprised Zito wasn't released along with Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand last week -- where he fits in (or if he fits in) is no small decision.

"Good question," Bochy said when asked about the club's long-term plans for Zito. "I don't know. I don't think we know. I can't answer that."

Zito currently is on the disabled list for a second time this season with a sprain in his right mid-foot. He's been out since Aug. 1 after a DL stay from April 17-June 25. He's 3-4 with a 5.62 ERA in nine starts for San Francisco this year.

Bochy said the Giants will see how Zito comes out of Tuesday's simulated game before making their next decision. If Zito is moving around well, Bochy said, he'll likely be activated for what sounds like relief -- or maybe spot start -- duty.

"We don't have time to get him up to 100 pitches," Bochy said. "Right now, there's a little bigger sense of urgency than that."

The Giants started play Tuesday seven games behind Arizona in the NL West. They owe Zito $19 million in 2012 and $20 million in 2013. They hold an $18 million club option on him for 2014 -- which they surely will not exercise -- or a $7 million buyout.

As Zito's luck would have it, he was struck in the shin by a comebacker during Tuesday's simulated game. But he pitched on.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 1:15 am

Zito's future: 'Good question'

Guys, I'm bring some sanity to the baseball world. I'm going to takeover MLB after this season is over. I will rectify the Barry Zito situation once and for all. It's obvious to me that Zito belongs in Boston, NY or even Texas. Pitching for low scoring teams like Oakland and SF will hurt any pitcher...especially if they play poor defense like the Giants do. But I still think that Zito could flourish back in Oakland. Speaking of which...I will give the South Bay territory rights back to Oakland to whom they originally belong. The Giants got the rights by default when Oakland did not contest the whiny Giants who wanted to expand their market when they were losing....and boy did the Giants lose alot over the past 20 years. There is one thing I have learned about desperate teams...they want to expand their market to attract more fans. The Giants did it. The Angels did it. The Buffalo Bills of the NFL are trying to do it. The Bills want to play their games in Toronto so they can have access to the entire Canadian market. Good for them. But what will they be called? The Canadian Bills at Buffalo? Catchy name right? Not!

 Next year I will remake the NFL. I have a sure fireway to reduce concussions and rough play. No helmets or pads! Only flag football! 

 I also have a wonderful idea of installing mini moats around the goal area in the NHL.

In the NBA I would install two additonal baskets and allow one lucky fan from each team to suit up for one quarter.


Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 2:03 am

Zito's future: 'Good question'

Zito is done as a pitcher. Perhaps he can be the team's traveling entertainer and sideshow. This contract will be like a lead ball attached to the ankles of the SF Giants. Given what they will be paying him for doing nothing, they could go out and sign several other players who would fill holes on the their team.

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:00 pm

Zito's future: 'Good question'

He should at the very least be the batting practice pitcher or sell cotton candy in the stands until the end of his contract so the Giants get 'something' for their investment other than one of his campfire acoustic guitar solos...

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:47 pm

Zito's future: 'Good question'

@Lumpoco the only way the Giants trade Zito is if they eat 99% of the 46 million$ left on his contract. No one is taking that contract. 

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:08 am

Zito's future: 'Good question'

As I have been saying many times Zito to an AL team. The Giants are not a good place for free agents to land. Rowand, Burrell, etc. Send him to the Yankees or Red Sox. They need pitching...they always do. I'm not a fan of either team, but I do get tired of watching them trot out over the hill pitchers or less seasoned pitchers in play off games. The object is to win games in the post season...not audition pitchers for next season.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:17 pm

Zito's future: 'Good question'

Alright a**hole, before it was all fun and games but you've taken the air out of TWO of my witty posts. F*** Oakley Sunglasses!!!

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:13 pm

Zito's future: 'Good question'

This is not a place for your B**l Sh*t

Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:03 pm
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Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2011 9:03 pm

Zito's future: 'Good question'

Carnac the Magnificent predicts that Zito will spend his future ensconced by flora, fauna, the most beautiful virgins, the finest opiates money can buy and a theatre-sized film room that constantly plays footage of his 2002 season.

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