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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
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A's reassigned LHP Barry Zito, RHP Brock Huntzinger, OF Jason Pridie and LHP/RHP Pat Venditte to minor league camp.
Zito started spring training like gangbusters, pitching to a 2.30 ERA and 0.70 WHIP. He tailed off in his last two starts. The lefty was eyeing a spot in the A's rotation and failing that, a role as a long reliever. Instead, the 36-year-old will begin the season with Triple-A Nashville. Apr 4 - 7:28 PM

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Barry Zito was clobbered by the Angels in Tuesday's Cactus League outing, allowing seven runs on eight hits over his four innings of work.

The Angels socked three home runs off him in the third inning, then tacked on an additional three runs in the fourth before Zito departed. The 36-year-old entered the day with a 2.30 ERA and 0.70 WHIP, and had nearly pitched his way onto the Opening Day roster. He now owns a 5.03 ERA and faces an uncertain future.
Mar 31 - 10:45 PM

Barry Zito continued his bid to make the Athletics' Opening Day roster by firing four scoreless innings of relief against the Cubs in Tuesday's Cactus League contest.

Zito allowed just one hit and three walks in his four frames, punching out two. The 36-year-old hasn't been scored upon in his last 11 innings and now boasts a 2.30 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio through 15 2/3 innings on the spring season. He continues to eye a spot in the Opening Day rotation, though there's a chance that he could also win a spot in the bullpen as a long reliver. A long-shot to make the team at the beginning of camp, he's looking more and more likely each day.
Mar 24 - 9:23 PM

With as well as he has pitched in Cactus League play, Barry Zito could be in a position to crack the Athletics' Opening Day roster as a long reliever.

The 36-year-old southpaw is still preparing as a starting pitcher, and has opened eyes with how impressive he's been to date. Manager Bob Melvin noted Friday, "That shows when you come into camp in good shape , in a good frame of mind … You take a year off … It’s pretty impressive what he’s doing." He tossed three scoreless innings of relief on Friday, racking up five strikeouts in the process. He now boasts a 3.09 ERA and 9/1 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings this spring.
Source: CSN Bay Area
Mar 20 - 8:47 PM

Barry Zito yielded two runs on two hits over two innings of work against the Cubs on Thursday.

Zito struck out a pair and didn't walk anyone, but he was burned by a two-run shot delivered by Mike Olt in the second inning. The veteran left-hander is trying to return to the majors in 2015 after sitting out 2014, but he's facing an uphill battle to crack Oakland's Opening Day roster.
Mar 5 - 7:40 PM

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

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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Coco Crisp
2Cody Ross
CF1Sam Fuld
2Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
2Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Kendall Graveman
6Sean Nolin
7Jarrod Parker
8A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Dan Otero
5Fernando Abad
6Jesse Chavez
7Evan Scribner
8R.J. Alvarez
9Taylor Thompson