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Height/Weight: 6-2/206 | Birthdate: 5/13/1978 | Birthplace: Las Vegas, NV | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Oakland | College: USC | MLB Experience: 14 | Salary: $20,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Athletics reassign P Barry Zito, four others to minors


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) The Athletics are finalizing their roster prior to Opening Day, reports the team. The team has reassigned four players to the minors, including Barry Zito, Jason Pridie, Brock Huntzinger, Pat Venditte and Brett Anderson

Athletics pitcher Barry Zito touched for seven runs in outing Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Athletics pitcher Barry Zito gave up seven runs on eight hits, including three home runs, over four innings in his final spring training start Tuesday against the Angels.

Zito added two strikeouts and one walk to his totals. He finishes spring training with a 5.03 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings over six appearances.

"My timing was a little off today," Zito said. "Obviously I can paint pictures in my head of what could happen, but that's where this game can take you out of the present moment."


Another strong outing for Athletics' Barry Zito


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Barry Zito continued his triumphant return to the Athletics this spring. 

Zito won the 2002 Cy Young Award, the high point of his seven years with the A's at the start of his career. After spending seven years with the Giants, Zito sat out last season. 

He was a long shot to earn a spot with the Athletics this spring, but he's making it very hard to cut him. 

"What are you going to say?" manager Bob Melvin said, per MLB.com's Jane Lee. "He's been terrific. He just continues to get outs and perform."

Zito gave up one hit in four scoreless innings on Tuesday, lowering his spring ERA. He's given up seven hits in 15 and two thirds innings, while striking out 11. 


Athletics could consider long-relief role for Barry Zito


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated that he could consider veteran Barry Zito as a candidate for a long-relief role to start the season. However, based on the 36-year-old left-hander's desire to be in the starting rotation, that seems unlikely, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner took the 2014 season off after the Giants declined his $18-million option. He has allowed four earned runs over 8 2/3 innings of work this spring.


Athletics tab Sonny Gray for Opening Day start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Monday that Sonny Gray would start the team's regular-season opener April 6 against the Rangers, MLB.com reports.

Gray gets the call after going 14-10 with a 3.08 ERA and 183:74 K:BB ratio in 219 innings in 2014, his first full season in the rotation.

Melvin also indicated that Scott Kazmir would start either the second or third game of the season, but that the rest of the rotation has yet to be lined up. He did leave open the possibility of Barry Zito making the rotation, saying, "I don't want to exclude him," the Bay Area News Group reports.


Athletics pitcher Barry Zito in need of consistency


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Athletics pitcher Barry Zito surrendered two runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings pitched Tuesday. Despite retiring six of his first seven hitters, Zito labored through the end of his appearance, leading manager Bob Melvin to ask for more of an even performance, reports MLB.com.

"Just need to see some consistency," said Melvin. "The first two [innings] good again. He got a couple pitches up in the last inning. Probably the first two innings the best stuff we've seen from him."

Zito felt fine during the outing.

"I felt pretty good today," said Zito, charged with two runs. "I just lost a little focus on a couple of hitters in my third inning."


Athletics' Barry Zito gives up two runs in return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Athletics pitcher Barry Zito allowed two runs in his return to the mound on Thursday.

Zito, who did not pitch in the majors last season, is attempting a comeback with the A's. He's considered a long shot for the rotation, but could be used in a relief role based on how he performs this spring. 

In his first start, Zito gave up two runs on two hits over two innings. He struck out two, but did not issue any walks during the outing. Zito's big mistake was a changeup to Mike Olt in the second inning. Other than that, he was solid.

Zito, 36, posted a 5.74 ERA over 133 1/3 innings in 2013. 


Athletics SP Barry Zito to make first spring start Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Athletics starting pitcher Barry Zito is scheduled to make his first Cactus Leauge start Thursday against the Cubs, MLB.com reports.

The outing will be Zito's first game action since 2013. Manager Bob Melvin said earlier in February that Zito would get one shot in a Cactus League start to see whether he deserves a shot at a major-league comeback. If Thursday's start goes well, he could receive more chances with an eye on potentially making the team's rotation.

Zito won the AL Cy Young Award in 2002 as a member of the A's. He took the 2014 season off after the Giants declined his $18-million option.

"I have a fresh perspective," Zito said last week. "I've got my passion back, and I just want to continue to work hard and go out and enjoy competing. I guess you could say I'm competing against all these guys, but for me, it's more about competing against myself. If I can be as good as I know I can be every time out here, I know the rest will take care of itself."

Zito put together a 102-63 record in his time with Oakland as well as a 3.55 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 1,096 strikeouts in 1,430 1/3 innings over seven seasons. He then signed a big free-agent deal with the Giants, 63-80 with a 4.62 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 787 strikeouts in 1,139 1/3 innings over seven seasons.


Athletics' Barry Zito groomed as a starter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin told reporters that he was impressed by the energy pitcher Barry Zito showed during his side session on Saturday, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Zito, who signed a minor-league deal with the club that drafted him on Monday, said he's being groomed as a starter, and is going back to the same delivery and pitch selection that helped him win the AL Cy Young in 2002 as a member of the A's.

"He was very focused for a guy who's done this a few times," Melvin said. "I thought he threw the ball well. He threw all his pitches. He had good energy. And his curve ball looked great."

The 36-year-old left-hander was out of the majors in 2014 and went 5-11 with a 5.74 ERA in 2013. It remains to be seen if he would be willing to start the season at Triple-A if he doesn't make the big-league roster out of camp.


A's Bob Melvin: Barry Zito to get one Cactus League start


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Pitcher Barry Zito is back with the organization that drafted him in the first round 16 years ago. However, he'll only be given one shot to prove he deserves a look at making a big league comeback.

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that Zito will be given one Cactus League start this spring, via MLB.com. Depending on how Zito does will determine if he gets another.

"You don't bring a guy into camp if there's no shot," Melvin said. "Now, there are a lot of young guys here we like, but it's always nice to have a veteran guy who still has the passion and desire."

Behind Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir, depth is thin in the A's rotation. Zito is long past his early-2000s prime, when he won the Cy Young in 2002 as a member of the A's. He didn't pitch at all in 2014.

Signing a minor-league deal on Monday, Zito apparently seems hopeful of making one last run in the majors.

"He took a year off and really feels reinvigorated about going out there and playing baseball for the love of the game," Melvin said. "We'll see how it all plays out. I know I have at least one start for him early on."


Athletics, Barry Zito agree to minor-league deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Pitcher Barry Zito is set to sign a minor-league deal with the Athletics, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that Zito's base contract is for $1 million, and he can earn $175,000 in incentives.

Zito will join the A's in camp this spring, returning to the team with which he won the AL Cy Young Award in 2002. He was a three-time All-Star with Oakland before signing a seven-year megadeal with the Giants before the 2007 season.

Zito wrapped up his time in San Francisco by going 5-11 with a 5.74 ERA and 86:54 K:BB ratio in 133 1/3 innings in 2013. He did not latch on with a major-league team last season.

Zito was initially drafted by the Mariners in the 59th round of the 1996 draft and again by the Rangers in the third round of the 1998 draft but didn't sign with either team. He then inked a deal with the A's after being selected ninth overall in the 1999 draft.

Zito quickly moved through the minors and made his debut on July 22, 2000, giving up just one earned run in five innings and earning a win despite issuing six walks. He went on to post a 7-4 record with a 2.72 ERA and 78:45 K:BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings over 14 starts, earning him sixth place in the 2000 AL Rookie of the Year voting.

Zito recorded an AL-best 23 wins en route to his Cy Young win in 2002, posting a 2.75 ERA and 182:78 K:BB ratio in 229 1/3 innings. He posted a 3.55 ERA in seven seasons in Oakland before moving next door to San Francisco, where he delivered a 4.62 ERA in his last seven seasons.


Report: Indians not interested in signing Barry Zito


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2015) The Indians are not interested in signing pitcher Barry Zito, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The Indians were among the teams to watch Zito at his throwing session in Houston Tuesday, but it appears they were either unimpressed by the session or were just being thorough in scouring the pitching market. Zito was out of the majors in 2014 and went 5-11 with a 5.74 ERA in 2013.


Report: Indians among teams to watch Barry Zito throw Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) The Indians sent representatives to watch veteran left-handed pitcher Barry Zito throw Tuesday in Houston, according to The Plain Dealer. It was reported by the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday that Astros reps were also present.

Zito has not pitched in the majors since 2013 with the Giants. He is 165-143 with a 4.02 ERA over 430 career appearances (419 starts).


Astros check in on Barry Zito


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) The Astros watched Barry Zito's throwing session on Tuesday, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Zito is attempting a comeback after not pitching in the majors since 2013. It's unclear how many teams attended Zito's session on Tuesday, but it's believed at least four or five teams have seen Zito thus far. The Astros are said to be looking for a back-of-the-rotation starter, but are considered a long-shot to sign the 36-year-old Zito.

Matt Albers also held a throwing session on Tuesday, but Houston did not attend his workout. 


Barry Zito to host throwing session for select teams


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) Former Giants pitcher Barry Zito will throw for a select group of teams Tuesday, his agent told ESPN.

Zito last pitched in the majors in 2013 and went 5-11 with a 5.74 ERA.


Interest in Barry Zito 'widespread'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) There's "widespread" interest in pitcher Barry Zito, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Zito's agent, Scott Boras, told reporters that there was interest in the 36-year-old pitcher. Zito did not pitch last season, but intends to attempt a comeback. He posted a 5.84 ERA over 133 1/3 innings in 2013. 


Barry Zito looking to make a comeback


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Former Giants pitcher Barry Zito is looking to make a comeback, according to the Chicago Tribune

Zito's agent, Scott Boras, told reporters the 36-year-old will try to return to the majors in 2015. Zito last played in the majors in 2013 with San Francisco. He posted a 5.74 ERA over 133 1/3 innings. Zito decided to take time off after his option was declined in 2014, but did not officially retire. He has a 4.02 ERA over 2569 2/3 career innings.


Barry Zito taking a break, but not retiring


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Free-agent pitcher Barry Zito plans to take some time off, but he is not retiring, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports, adding that there is no evidence Zito actively sought a job in free agency this offseason.

Zito, who made $126 million in seven seasons with the Giants before having an $8-million option declined, doesn't have any known health issues and may be using the time off to "reboot," as CSN Bay Area hypothesized was possible earlier this offseason. Zito went 5-11 with a 5.74 ERA, 1.70 WHIP and 86:54 K:BB ratio in 133 1/3 innings over 30 appearances (25 starts) with the Giants last season.


Barry Zito has option declined


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/3/2013) According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants declined starting pitcher Barry Zito's option for the 2013 season, effectively making him a free agent. The option would have paid the lefty $18 million.

The Giants instead will pay Zito a $7 million buyout.


Barry Zito likely to be used in relief


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2013) Giants pitcher Barry Zito may have started his last game with the club Wednesday, but he still could appear in a game, according to MLB.com.

Zito will likely appear out of the bullpen during the team's final homestand against the Padres. "There's a good chance he'll be out there," manager Bruce Bochy said. Through 133 innings, Zito has a 5.75 ERA. 


Barry Zito wants to pitch again in 2014


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2013) Giants pitcher Barry Zito told the Mercury News Thursday that he would like to pitch again in 2014.

Zito allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings on Wednesday -- his final start of the season and potentially as a member of the Giants. San Francisco is expected to decline Zito’s $18 million option and choose a $7 million buyout, which will end his seven-year tenure with the club.

"I definitely know I still love pitching and I still love the game," Zito said. "If I had any doubts, going out there (Wednesday) reminded me that I do love the game."

Barry Zito earns win in final start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2013) Giants pitcher Barry Zito picked up his fifth win (and first since May 30) in what could be his final start with the Giants Wednesday, holding the Dodgers to two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out one and walking none in five innings in his team's 6-4 win.

The win wraps up a seven-year, $126-million contract for Zito, provided the club buys out his 2014 option for $7 million. He finishes 2013 with a 5-11 record, 5.75 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 85:54 K:BB ratio in 133 innings.


Madison Bumgarner will miss final week of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner will be shut down for the remainder of the season, manager Bruce Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle. Bumgarner was originally scheduled to make his final start of the season Wednesday against the Dodgers. Barry Zito will take his place on Wednesday. It will likely be Zito's last start as a member of the Giants.

Barry Zito to make farewell start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Giants starter Barry Zito is expected to receive a farewell start at some point this week, most likely Saturday against San Diego, manager Bruce Bochy told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Tuesday. Yusmeiro Petit was originally scheduled for Saturday.

The Giants are expected to decline Zito’s $18 million option and choose a $7 million buyout, which will end his seven-year tenure with San Francisco. He is 4-11 with a 5.91 ERA in 28 appearances (24 starts) this season.

Barry Zito suffers 11th defeat


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) Giants starter Barry Zito had a short afternoon Monday in San Diego. Zito lasted just four innings as he suffered the losing decision for San Francisco.

Zito fell to 4-11 on the year as he allowed four earned runs on four hits and three walks over four innings and 73 pitches. He gave up a solo homer to Nick Hundley in the fourth that was the final straw. Zito struck out three batters and his ERA is now at 5.91 on the season.

The 35-year-old Zito has had a disappointing season and Monday's start was a microcosm of that. He's lost his last three times out and hasn't finished five frames in any of those outings. If manager Bruce Bochy gives him another start, it is currently scheduled for Saturday against Arizona.