Barry Zito RUMORS & NEWS

  • Veteran left-hander Barry Zito is taking a break; he isn't retiring

    CBSSports.com "Barry Zito plans to take some time off, but he isn't retiring. Curiously, almost nothing was written about Zito this winter, and the reason for that is there's no evidence he actively sought a job. Just the same, Zito isn't ready to call it quits, either, according to people in the..." February 18

  • Barry Zito content to surf for now, but not ready to retire

    CSN Bay Area "It’s not uncommon for an unsigned ballplayer or two to stroll the lobby at the Winter Meetings, hoping to find a spring training locker. But don’t expect to bump into Barry Zito in front of the towering Christmas Tree at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort. Right now, the only opportunity..." December 11

  • Giants decline 2014 club option for Barry Zito

    CBSSports.com "To the surprise of no one, the Giants declined their 2014 club option for left-hander Barry Zito, the team announced. They'll pay him a staggering $7 million buyout right now rather than an $18 million salary next season. Zito, 35, went 5-11 with a 5.74 ERA (58 ERA+) and 1.70 WHIP in 133 1/3..." November 02

  • Good finish, good send-off for good guy Zito, Giants beat Dodgers 6-4

    San Francisco Chronicle "Discerning fans at AT&T Park gave Barry Zito a standing ovation after Zito retired the Dodgers' Carl Crawford on a short fly to left to end the fifth inning Wednesday night. Those fans realized it probably was the end of Barry Zito's career as a pitcher for the Giants. Sure enough manager..." September 26

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    John Shea @JohnSheaHey

    Breaking: Zito to start tomorrow for #sfgiants Bumgarner will rest for remainder of season.

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    doesn't seem like a trade candidate at this moment but Barry Zito has cleared waivers. 7 weeks left on $126M 7-yr deal.

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    Andrew Baggarly @CSNBaggs

    Bochy makes it official. Zito is in the bullpen. "For how long I couldn't tell you. It was time for a change."

  • Barry Zito may have just gotten bumped from the Giants rotation

    Hardball Talk "After giving up 11 runs and pitching just 10 innings in his last three starts Barry Zito is apparently on his way out of the Giants rotation. The team has listed its Sunday starter as TBA. Zito whose seven-year $126 million contract finally expires at season’s end came up big in the Giants’..." August 01

  • Zito stays focused amidst personal tragedy

    CSN Bay Area "Major League Baseball has a bereavement list for players dealing with a death in the family. Barry Zito wanted no part of it. Three days after the death of his father Joseph, Zito took the mound at AT&T Park. He settled in after a shaky start to the outing to give the Giants seven strong..." June 23

  • Barry Zito's road funk gets worse

    San Francisco Chronicle "Wednesday was not a night to ask big-picture questions. Bench coach Ron Wotus managed the Giants' 12-8 loss to the Pirates in place of the suspended Bruce Bochy, and Wotus will not speak for the organization on critical topics, such as: -- When is management going to admit that some of their..." June 13

  • Zito helps Giants beat his old team

    San Francisco Chronicle "On a day the Giants inked National League MVP Buster Posey to a $167 million contract, it was a onetime standout Oakland pitcher lured away by the Giants' big bucks who opposed his former team at AT&T Park. Barry Zito, who signed a $126 million deal with the Giants after the 2006 season after..." March 30

  • Lawsuit alleges Barry Zito was duped out of $3M

    CBSSports.com "San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito has filed a lawsuit for $3 million against a friend -- I'm guessing former friend now, actually -- for allegedly duping him out of that money in a "fitness software scheme that never materialized." From courthousenews.com: Barry Zito Enterprises..." March 18

  • Zito aims to keep groove going

    San Francisco Chronicle "If Barry Zito somehow has a better 2013 debut than he did in 2012, a four-hit shutout at Coors Field, he might need to be tested for pixie dust. "No-hitter?" a writer asked. Zito burst out laughing, which had to be easier to do over an offseason that followed one of baseball's best..." February 23

  • San Francisco Giants World Series notebook: Barry Zito is big hit with fellow pitchers

    San Jose Mercury News "Barry Zito and his bat earned the Giants pitching staff a place in the record book Wednesday night. Overshadowed by Pablo Sandoval's monster night, Zito delivered a fourth-inning single that made it four consecutive postseason games in which a San Francisco pitcher drove in a run -- a first for..." October 25

  • San Francisco Giants' Barry Zito, Tim Lincecum find redemption

    San Jose Mercury News "Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum are suddenly the game's greatest and most idiosyncratic Cy Young comeback story -- separately and, if you know them, totally and essentially together. It's a buddy story, really, from riches to scorn to glory again, all unfolding in a stunning Giants..." October 25

  • Another chapter added to the Barry Zito redemption story

    San Francisco Examiner "Barry Zito's performance in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series was a good reminder of how inspiring baseball can be. In a few short weeks, Zito has gone from being The City's biggest sports goat to an Orange October hero who outdueled baseball's best pitcher in the first game of the Fall..." October 25

  • Soft-tossing Barry Zito confounds Tigers

    Detroit News "It's like a horror movie in which the killer is Barney the Dinosaur. For whatever reason, the Tigers continue to turn into kittens against the type of pitchers you'd think they'd absolutely maul: soft-tossing left-handers. This time, it was Giants veteran Barry Zito. But really, we might..." October 25

  • Giants' Barry Zito is unlikely pitching star against Detroit Tigers in Game 1

    Detroit News "Giants starter Barry Zito was the unlikely starter in Wednesday's Game 1 of the World Series, especially facing Tigers ace Justin Verlander, the defending American League Cy Young Award winner and most valuable player. But Zito was thrust into the role because the Giants' pitching rotation was..." October 25

  • After years of struggles, Barry Zito gets nod in Game 1

    San Francisco Examiner "Barry Zito was left off of the postseason roster in 2010 and he probably wouldn't have started Game 5 of the NL Championship Series had Madison Bumgarner not had a rough outing in Game 2. But today, Zito will get the chance to do what every young pitcher dreams about: Start Game 1 of the World..." October 24

  • Barry Zito will start Game 1 for Giants

    Hardball Talk "here's no official word yet on the Giants' rotation for the World Series, but Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Barry Zito is likely to get the call for Game 1 against the Tigers. He'd face Justin Verlander in a matchup of former Cy Young winners (which sounds perfectly normal..." October 23

  • Barry Zito expected to start Game 1 for Giants

    Hardball Talk "There's no official word yet on the Giants' rotation for the World Series, but Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Barry Zito is likely to get the call for Game 1 against the Tigers. He'd face Justin Verlander in a matchup of former Cy Young winners (which sounds perfectly normal..." October 23

  • How Barry Zito delivered the game of his life

    San Jose Mercury News "Barry Zito swore he was in the moment professionally the entire time Friday night. Through every inning he pitched. Through all the Cardinal batters he struck out with his mystically slow 84 mph fastball. Through the entire Giants' victory that was so desperately needed. Never once, Zito said,..." October 20

  • Zito's gem brings NLCS home to SF

    San Francisco Chronicle "The truth about the Giants is that they have no home. They're the most comfortable travelers baseball has seen in years. They check out of hotels with great reluctance, pining for just one more day with those tiny bars of soap. The fact that they will be home, for a Game 6 of the National..." October 20

  • Barry much in it: Giants win Game 5

    San Francisco Chronicle "You have to feel for the people of India, Ecuador, Turkey and points beyond when they dialed up Twitter on Friday and saw the hashtag #RallyZito trending. One could almost hear a worldwide "huh?" Giants fans got behind Barry Zito in a way they never had before. They changed their Twitter..." October 20

  • Zito leads the way as Giants stay alive in NLCS

    MLB.com "A cheerful Hunter Pence had one last remark for reporters as he left the Busch Stadium interview room following a pregame chat. "Have fun," Pence said. "Enjoy the game." Maybe Pence knew the Giants had a memorable performance ready to deliver. The Giants definitely enjoyed themselves..." October 20

  • Bochy says Lincecum, Zito may get starts

    San Francisco Chronicle "Manager Bruce Bochy said Monday before Game 2 that he is leaning toward Tim Lincecum following Matt Cain in the rotation and pitching Game4 in St. Louis. Also, in a development that nobody could have foreseen before the playoffs began, Bochy said he probably will choose between Madison Bumgarner..." October 16

  • Say, Let's Talk About Barry Zito

    McCovey Chronicles "Back in April, Barry Zito was a thing. His ERA was 1.71, and he'd thrown a shutout at Coors Field. What was the new Zito's secret? Did he find the thing he lost after he found the lost pitch he was finding all along? Was this the new old Zito or the old new Zito? Because we new certainly couldn't..." October 10

  • San Francisco Giants starter Barry Zito gets shot at redemption

    San Jose Mercury News "Barry Zito will get his shot at redemption. Maybe. Zito, left off the postseason roster in 2010, was named the Game 4 starter on Monday. While he called it an exciting moment, there's no guarantee that Zito will get to pitch in this series. Trailing the Cincinnati Reds 2-0, the Giants face a..." October 09

  • Game 4 would be Barry Zito's start

    San Francisco Chronicle "In one of the more stunning reversals of fortune in recent Giants history, manager Bruce Bochy has picked Barry Zito to start Game 4 of the National League Division Series to try to save the team's season if Ryan Vogelsong and his mates can save it first in Game 3 Tuesday night. Bochy announced..." October 09

  • Zito scheduled to start Game 4; Lincecum still available out of bullpen

    San Jose Mercury News "Manager Bruce Bochy announced Monday that Barry Zito will start Game 4, if the Giants are able to avoid elimination in Tuesday night's Game 3. Bochy said Zito, who didn't make the postseason roster in 2010, "earned this." Zito was 15-8 with a 4.15 ERA in the regular season and had a 3.03 ERA..." October 08

  • Has Barry Zito done enough to be in playoff rotation?

    San Jose Mercury News "There were no national networks here, and you couldn't find any playoff streamers or an auxiliary press box. But this was a playoff game, unofficially. The atmosphere at Dodger Stadium was electric and the stakes mattered. Manager Bruce Bochy said he managed the Giants' 4-3 victory over the..." October 03

  • Bochy offers Zito plaudits, but no playoff slot yet

    CSN Bay Area "So many adjectives have been used to describe Barry Zito over the past six seasons. Overpaid is a trendy one. Here is another: deserving. How else to describe a pitcher who has contributed to 11 consecutive happy handshake lines on his day to pitch? Who finally received run support and made..." October 03

  • Zito pitching way into Giants' postseason plans

    CSN Bay Area "Way back on August 7 in St. Louis, Giants starter Barry Zito took the mound, looking to rebound from a shellacking he took in his previous start against the New York Mets when he gave up seven runs in 4.1 innings. Ten starts later, and his team has not lost a single game in which Zito got the..." September 28

  • SF Giants' Barry Zito gets 14th win

    San Francisco Chronicle "Those who assume Barry Zito is competing with Ryan Vogelsong for the fourth and final Division Series rotation spot might be giving Zito short shrift. He could be in the mix for one of the first three guaranteed games. Zito restated his case during Thursday's regular-season home finale, a 7-3..." September 28

  • Bochy: 'Fair to say' Zito will be on playoff roster

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants will wait to make firm decisions about their playoff rotation. But manager Bruce Bochy answered one major question amid throbbing heads Sunday morning, saying it's a near certainty that all five of his starting pitchers will be on the postseason roster. "That's fair to say," said..." September 24

  • Barry Zito looks ready for October

    San Francisco Chronicle "Late September. Glorious sunshine. A baseball team closing in on the postseason. The crowd thundering its praise into the blue sky. Barry Zito has been here before. But not like this. Not at age 34. Not having gone through the dark times. "Being on this side, going through some pretty big..." September 21

  • Zito, Giants top Dodgers 4-0

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants got a gift that would have ranked fairly high on a list that began with gold, frankincense and myrrh. As they were taking batting practice before Sunday night's game, the Dodgers announced they had scratched Clayton Kershaw with a hip injury. Manager Don Mattingly assured reporters..." September 10

  • Zito upset he didn't shake Posey more, etc.

    CSN Bay Area "Barry Zito didn't express any ire toward Giants manager Bruce Bochy for giving him a quick hook while the Giants led 4-3 in the third inning Wednesday night. But with surprising candor, Zito did acknowledge that he wasn't always on the same page with catcher Buster Posey. After admitting..." August 30

  • Zito rocked by Mets in rout

    San Francisco Examiner "The Giants finished a dismal homestand with a 9-1 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday, and, strange as it may sound, will look to getting away from AT&T Park to spark a team that has lost seven of its past eight games. Despite the recent slide, the Giants remain a half-game ahead of the rival..." August 03

  • Zito, Posey shine as Giants rout Braves

    San Francisco Chronicle "For Buster Posey, whose quotes are purposely bland, this was a strong statement. Once again, manager Bruce Bochy decided to have Hector Sanchez catch Barry Zito on Tuesday night even after saying Posey would get the start. The Giants, it seemed, might go the rest of the season with an All-Star..." July 18

  • Barry Zito looking to build on 1st half

    San Francisco Chronicle "Barry Zito's first half was not always pretty, but it was a success. With a "five and dive" victory Friday night, Zito will go into the break with a winning record at 7-6 and a 4.01 ERA. The team went 9-8 in his starts. Considering how lost he looked as the Giants finished spring training,..." July 07

  • San Francisco Giants jump on Los Angeles Dodgers early; Barry Zito does the rest

    San Jose Mercury News "Barry Zito's rough run turned around in the first inning Monday at AT&T Park, and it happened while Zito was sitting in the dugout. The first three runs of an 8-0 win over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers came in large part because of an infield single, a flare that dropped between three Dodgers..." June 26

  • Behind Zito and Sandoval, Giants inch closer to first place

    San Jose Mercury News "Now that's how you make a statement, eh? Without Buster Posey, the Giants shellacked the Dodgers on Monday night, cutting the gap in the National League West to two games. The last time the Giants were two games out? April 7. That was the second day of their season. The Giants have won 11..." June 26

  • Barry Zito gives up eight runs as Los Angeles Angels romp past San Francisco Giants

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants have been able to be patient with Tim Lincecum's struggles in large part because Barry Zito got off to such a good start. That makes Zito's implosion Tuesday night doubly concerning. Zito didn't make it through the fourth inning of a 12-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, giving up..." June 20

  • The Imperfections of Barry Zito

    McCovey Chronicles "Last night's theme: It had to be Matt Cain. If there were a perfect game in San Francisco Giants history, Matt Cain had to pitch it. It's why the buzz is lingering, even more than you'd expect. It was Matt Cain. It had to be. And on that theme, it had to be Barry Zito who pitched the game after..." June 14

  • Barry Zito selling Marin estate for $11.5 million

    San Jose Mercury News "Five years after buying an $8.9 million Kent Woodlands estate, Giants pitcher Barry Zito is selling the property to live closer to the ballpark, his Realtor and publicist said. "He loves Marin," said Marilyn Rich of Pacific Union International in Ross. "The reason his house is on the market is,..." June 04

  • SF Giants' Barry Zito beats Cubs for 150th win

    San Francisco Chronicle "With all of their injuries and new players, the Giants were a jumble over the first third of the 2012 season. The only consistency in those 54 games was their inconsistency. They hit and they didn't hit. They kicked balls around and they didn't kick balls around. They pitched and they ... well,..." June 04

  • Giants score early, Barry Zito holds steady in win over Diamondbacks

    San Jose Mercury News "It was a big day for guys named Barry at AT&T Park on Monday. The only question was whether it was bigger for Barry Bonds or Barry Zito. Bonds was seemingly everywhere in a rare appearance at the yard where he did so many extraordinary things once upon a time. He met with team president Larry..." May 29

  • Barry Zito has strong start in Giants' 4-2 victory

    San Francisco Chronicle "When he first realized he was pitching on Memorial Day, Barry Zito was a little bummed. He was hoping to be close to a pregame ceremony involving triple amputee Marine Cpl. Nick Kimmel, who threw out the first pitch. Instead, Zito was warming up in the bullpen, way up the left-field..." May 29

  • SF Giants can't overcome Barry Zito's start

    San Francisco Chronicle "Any team that clings to .500 by definition has systematic faults. The Giants' are clear. They rarely make the most of scoring opportunities and they commit too many catastrophic errors. The latter will destroy this season if not fixed. On the flip side, one consistent positive stood out in..." May 24