Should the New York Mets be Interested in Barry Zito?

By dannarferrara

The simple answer to this question is no. There are many reasons as to why the Mets should not be interested in the services of Barry Zito. At this point I do not think any MLB team should be looking at him. 

Barry Zito is signed through the 2013 season and has a ridiculous contract of 7 years, $126 million. Over these next 3 seasons, Zito is owed $57.5 million and does not really deserve any of it. This is the main reason why the Mets have to stay far away from Zito, his salary is ridiculous and they are currently going through a financial crisis. Even if they had tons of money, Zito is not worth the amount of money that he is getting. 

As a member of the Oakland Athletics, Zito had a career 102-63 record with a 3.55 ERA. Zito was also a three time all-star and even won the Cy Young award in 2002. That 2002 season was the best of his career, in which he went 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA. 

Since signing with the San Francisco Giants, Zito has been a trainwreck. He has not had a season in which he had a record above .500, and is an overall 40-57 with a 4.55 ERA in 4 seasons. Many people attribute his lack of success to his declining velocity, which was once in the mid-90’s but has fallen to the mid-to-upper 80’s. Usually a pitcher performs better when he goes from the American League to the National League, but the opposite has occurred here. Many experts say that this is because the Oakland Coliseum had so much foul territory and Zito was getting free outs that he is not currently getting in AT&T Park.  

The worst year of Zito’s career was in 2008, when he went 10-17 with a 5.15 ERA. Last season it looked like he was poised for a big year, much to the delight of the Giants’ fans, but it was not to be – 2010 was actually a tale of two seasons for Zito. The first half of the season saw Zito have a 7-4 record with a 3.76 ERA, while the second half was much less kind to him, seeing him have a 2-10 record with a 4.70 ERA.

Barry Zito has become a complete enigma to both fans and experts because nobody can explain his lack of success. He was great in Oakland and has been brutal in San Francisco, in a league where he was supposed to flourish. It has now been said that he is on the trade block, even though he is not expected to draw much interest from other teams.

You would have to be insane to trade for Barry Zito and pay him $57.5 million. Even if you give up a 40 year old back-up journeyman infielder for him, it would still not be worth it. If I was the New York Mets, I would stay very far away from Barry Zito – the last thing the organization needs is another bad contract that pays big money to an average player.  

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