The San Francisco Giants made one of the biggest mistakes in the history of free agency in sports back in 2006 when they signed Barry Zito. The deal was for seven years and $126 million. He’s earned about $6.35 of that contract.
Zito has been awful and his spring training debut was no different. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, he “walked the ballpark.”
And now, a source tells the same writer that there is “exasperation” from the organization with how truly terrible he is. They also said that his status as the No. 5 starter is “definitely not safe.”
Seven years, $126 million. And his job as the last damn guy in the rotation isn’t safe. Let that sink in for a minute.
The source tells the paper that the team will consider buying out the remaining $57.5 million that he’s owed through 2013 if that’s what it takes to get rid of the dude. Wow.
We have a tough time believing that the Giants will eat all of that money when Zito has shown rare flashes of being able to play baseball. It’s an ass-ton of cash to just urinate away and we’ll believe this one when we see it.