Jul 30, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito (75) delivers to the plate during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants: Barry Zito Clears Waivers, Can Now Be Traded

The San Francisco Giants placed Barry Zito on waivers and he has gone unclaimed by the other 29 teams, meaning the Giants are now free to trade him to any team, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. 

Zito, who signed a seven-year, $126 million deal in 2006, is owed $20 million this season and will be a free agent at the end of the year.

His career with the Giants has been filled with ups and downs, to say the least. He compiled a 43-61 record and a an ERA above 4.00 during his first five seasons with the club, drawing ire for failing to live up to his contract.

However, Zito had a magnificent 2012 season, going 15-8 and winning two crucial postseason games. In Game 1 of the World Series, he out-dueled Justin Verlander and set the tone for the Giants’ sweep over the Tigers.

This season has been more like his first five years with the Giants. Zito is 4-8 with a 5.40 ERA and is an atrocious 0-7 with a 9.97 ERA in his road starts (yes, those numbers are accurate). He was recently pulled from the rotation by Bruce Bochy, and has been relegated to the bullpen.

“Sometimes it’s just time for a change,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “You get in a rut. How long this is going to be, I can’t tell you. But it was time to mix it up, change it up. It was time to change what has happened on the road here with Z.”

With his contract expiring at the end of the year (assuming that he won’t pitch 200 innings), we may have seen the last time that Zito starts a game in a Giants uniform.

And, if the Giants can somehow find a trade partner, we may have seen the last of Barry Zito, period.

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  • zenmaster

    what the fuck is going on!!!???

    • goldenbaysports

      basically, the Giants can now engage in trade conversations regarding Zito. Doesn’t mean anything unless they actually trade him.

      • woodstock950

        Perhaps now they can just pay him the money and cut his ass.

        • Beary Cal

          More nimwitty humorless …diatride. Get a life.

  • woodstock950

    Goodbye Barry! Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. I hope you can look at yourself in the mirror when you go cash your checks. You pulled off the biggest heist since the Great Train Robbery.

    • SportsFan123

      really? He is not A-Rod who cheated to get a big contract, and then cheated again. How can you blame him for taking the Giants offer? Sure, he didn’t have great stats, but he didn’t cause any trouble, was respected in the clubhouse, and worked his butt off every day to help this team win.

      If it wasn’t for Game 5 of the NLCS, the Giants probably aren’t World Champions.
      7.2 innings of shutout baseball was almost worth the $126 million, all in that start. It will be remembered forever.

      Not every contract is going to live up to its expectations. Its a business, it happens. So quit being stubborn

    • Beary Cal

      Woody, you need to check rosters of when Zito pitched …Bochy never did Zito any favors …same with Cain. Zito is not a one run game pitcher, which Bochy plays, so he and us were let down by the Giants organization. Giants players won two series inspite of Bochy …who I think could be out coached by many little league coaches/managers with the excellent talent on the Giants team. Look at this years record. It tells a story of a team that lost it fundamental skills, and have not played small ball. Which is why they are so far out of the running. They need some good batting coaching and mental wake up to turn it around.

  • Michael Federico

    What a mixed bag he hs been. But maybe he cn just go away now with his money n his rings n live very happily ever after. Fact is though his contrct hamstrung the Giants from really invsting long term n now we see the results of that folly.
    Love this team but realistically they r not gonna sniff another WS for a very long time! Barry should hv been a bttr man and renegotiated his deal but he chose not to! For that he will always hv his detractors!!

  • Jon DeLaurentis

    Everybody cheer…!!!

  • Peter Middleton

    So thattttsss why he his house is for sale.. 10 million at that!