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Barry Zito | Starting Pitcher

Team: San Francisco Giants
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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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

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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

Making his return to the rotation, Barry Zito was tagged for six runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Red Sox in a loss Wednesday.

Zito didn't get much help from his defense today, but the bigger problem was that he just wasn't any good. The Giants said the plan was for him to stay in the rotation for the rest of the season. They may change their minds if he doesn't pitch better next time out.
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 06:53:00 PM

Barry Zito will start on Wednesday against the Red Sox in place of the injured Chad Gaudin (carpal tunnel syndrome).

Zito was booted from the rotation late last month, but injury has given him another shot. He should get at least a couple starts while Gaudin is on the shelf but should be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 06:46:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports Barry Zito has cleared waivers.

It's strictly a procedural move, but he's now free to be traded to any team. Because of his massive salary, Zito is unlikely to draw any interest. He was pulled from the Giants' rotation earlier this month and has a 5.40 ERA over 23 appearances (21 starts) this season.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 09:24:00 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Friday that Barry Zito has been pulled from the starting rotation.

That's been the assumption for a couple of days now, but Bochy finally acknowledged that Zito will pitch out of the bullpen while Guillermo Moscoso will start Sunday against the Rays. He's weighing the possibility of a six-man rotation later this year, so he hasn't committed to how long Zito will be in the bullpen. "For how long, I couldn't tell you," said Bochy. "It was time for a change." Zito owns a 5.09 ERA in 21 starts this season.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 05:50:00 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy will announce Friday who will start Sunday against the Rays.

Nothing is official yet, but it sure sounds like Barry Zito will be skipped and Guillermo Moscoso will start in his place. Both pitchers are available out of the bullpen Thursday. With Ryan Vogelsong close to coming off the disabled list, it sounds like that's where Zito will be for the foreseeable future.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 05:59:00 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy wouldn't commit to using Barry Zito for his scheduled start on Sunday in Tampa.

Zito has been awful on the road this season, so the Giants are thinking about giving someone else a shot. Ryan Vogelsong (hand) isn't quite ready to return, so they could give Guillermo Moscoso or someone else a chance.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 06:36:00 PM

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