Barry Zito, an unsung playoff hero in 2012, would like to remain a San Francisco Giant until he retires.
Zito had his best season with the Giants last season, winning 15 games with a 4.15 ERA. He shined in the postseason, going 2-0 in three starts with a 1.69 ERA.
However, he will have to either win the Cy Young in 2013 or take a significant pay cut once he hits free agency in 2014. He is currently signed under a highly-scrutinized $126 million contract for seven years that expires after next season.
He does have a team option for $18 million that the Giants will definitely decline, but he also has a $7 million buyout that can simply cut him loose.
Whether or not the Giants bring back Zito will be discussed to great lengths next offseason, as his performance in 2013 will likely determine his fate.