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Barry Zito | Starting Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/13/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: USC
Contract: view contract details

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Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Thursday that Barry Zito will make at least one start this spring.
The A's reunited with Zito this week on a minor league contract. He's likely a longshot to win a rotation spot, but Oakland could also consider him for a relief role. The veteran southpaw didn't pitch last season and posted an ugly 5.74 ERA across 133 1/3 innings in 2013. Feb 19 - 4:01 PM

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Athletics signed LHP Barry Zito to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

He'll make $1 million if he cracks the big league roster with $175,000 more available in incentives. Zito sat out the 2014 season but decided he wanted to pitch again in 2015 and will now have the opportunity to do so with the organization that drafted him. Slated to turn 37 in May, Zito posted a 4.82 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in his last two seasons with the Giants. He's certainly landed in a favorable ballpark but will face a big uphill battle in his bid to win a rotation spot.
Feb 16 - 10:17 PM

Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Terry Pluto hears the Indians are not interested in signing free agent Barry Zito.

The Tribe were one of the teams to watch Zito throw in recent days, but apparently they were just kicking the tires. Zito, 36, didn't pitch in 2014 but is hoping to make a comeback. The Astros are at least one other club with some level of interest in the southpaw.
Feb 14 - 5:57 PM

The Indians watched Barry Zito throw on Tuesday, reports Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Astros were also in attendance, though they are reportedly a longshot to sign him. Zito sat out the entire 2014 season, but he's hoping to prove that he still has something left in the tank. The former Cy Young Award winner turns 37 in May.
Feb 11 - 9:53 AM

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros watched Barry Zito throw on Tuesday.

It's unclear how many teams attended the session, but Drellich hears that Zito has auditioned for four to five teams so far. While the Astros are looking for pitching depth, it's believed that they are a longshot to sign the veteran southpaw. Zito sat out the entire 2014 season and posted an ugly 5.74 ERA across 133 1/3 innings in 2013.
Feb 11 - 8:17 AM

Barry Zito will throw for a group of teams Tuesday.

That's what Zito's agent, Scott Boras, told Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM. It's not clear what clubs will be in attendance. Zito sat out the entire 2014 season and posted a rough 5.74 ERA across 133 1/3 innings in 2013. He turns 37 years old in May.
Feb 2 - 4:00 PM

Barry Zito's agent, Scott Boras, said Wednesday that his client will audition for teams in January.

Zito, 36, sat out the 2014 season but has decided he wants to pitch in 2015. The southpaw has been working on his mechanics with Ron Wolforth, a trainer who helped Scott Kazmir get back on track. "He's been working hard on his mechanics," Boras said of Zito. "He doesn't cup the ball anymore, and his drive to home plate is a little bit different than it was. He's got kind of new mechanical evolutions." Zito, who held a 5.74 ERA across 133 1/3 innings in 2013, will surely have to settle for a minor league deal.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 11:35:00 AM

Barry Zito's agent, Scott Boras, said Zito is hoping to make a return to pitching in 2015.

"He called me on the phone in August and said, 'I'm ready to go. I want to pitch,'" Boras said Wednesday at the general manager meetings in Arizona. "He set up the plan and did all of that." Zito, 36, didn't pitch in 2014. It's unclear what teams might take a flyer on the southpaw, but he'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal and attempt to win a rotation spot during spring.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 08:20:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Barry Zito plans to take some time off but is not retiring.

It appears that Zito, 35, doesn't plan to pitch this season, but he has no plans right now to hang up his cleats. Zito finished out his Giants' career with a whimper last season, posting a 5.74 ERA across 133 1/3 innings. That said, he'll still be young enough next winter that some team will give him a shot if he wants to continue his career.
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 10:45:00 PM

Giants declined LHP Barry Zito's $18 million option for the 2014 season.

It was a foregone conclusion, as Zito took out an ad in a San Francisco newspaper after the season thanking fans for his years with the team. The Giants will instead pay a $7 million buyout. Zito was 5-11 with a 5.74 ERA in 133 1/3 innings this season. The 35-year-old hasn't been an effective pitcher for a while, so it will be interesting to see what kind of interest he generates on the open market.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 06:56:00 PM

Barry Zito yielded two runs -- one earned -- on four hits over five innings in Wednesday's win against the Dodgers.

Zito struck out only one and didn't walk a batter. The southpaw was shuffled in and out of the rotation this season; he finished 5-11 with a 5.75 ERA and 1.71 WHIP. San Francisco is just days away from shedding Zito's much-maligned 7-year, $126 million contract. Zito will be pitching elsewhere next season. Giants fans won't lament his change of address.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 01:26:00 AM

Barry Zito will make another start this season.

It will likely come over the weekend against the Padres. Zito has been shuffled in and out of the rotation this season, posting a 5.91 ERA and 1.74 WHIP over 128 innings. He should be avoided for streaming purposes.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 07:35:00 PM

Barry Zito has been moved back to the bullpen.

Zito yielded 15 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings during his three-start return to the rotation. The left-hander has a brutal 5.91 ERA in 128 total frames this season.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 04:59:00 PM

Barry Zito was tagged for five runs in four innings by the Rockies on Monday.

Zito latest failure might get him pulled from the rotation once and for all. He's typically been pretty good in Coors Field in his career, but he gave up two homers tonight, one apiece to Todd Helton and Charlie Blackmon.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 12:01:00 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that Barry Zito will make his next scheduled start.

Zito was pounded for six runs in 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in his return to the rotation. He'll get another shot but will need to show improvement in Colorado Monday to avoid being demoted to the bullpen again. Obviously, fantasy owners should stay far away.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 10:20:00 AM

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