Barry Zito’s Career is Not Over but His 18 Million Dollar Salary Is
It seems like forever ago when Barry Zito was one of the best pitchers in all of Major League Baseball. Actually it has only been a handful of seasons but for certain his lasting impression on the San Francisco Giants will not be a good one. He serves as a great example that no matter how good a pitcher is, he should not be given a ridiculously long contract. Too much can happen between the ages of 30 and 35 to give a pitcher that long at a very high rate of pay.
Many suggest that Zito’s career could be over. While that is a possibility, it certainly isn’t true as of yet. He is still plenty young enough to land somewhere and find a way to work a few more seasons out of that arm. One thing that is a certainty is that he will not be making that much money again and he will not get a contract longer than probably one season.
Anyone that gives Zito a contract that is longer than one year isn’t using their head because the fact is he could be done. It happens. He was a great pitcher and now he isn’t. One year contracts are very underrated in baseball however. One season stocked with a ton of incentives for innings pitched, ERA limit and win total would be ideal for Zito. It would give him the incentive he needs to make something happen again.
Without a doubt he will be down the roster list for someone until he proves himself. He may even be a non-roster invitee for someone in Spring Training. Anything like that could prove to be a career resurrecting move for Zito. As long as he doesn’t get greedy about how much he is going to make, he’ll land somewhere for a few more years. It just won’t be San Francisco.
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