Only my team, only my team would be the ones stupid enough to give Barry Zito a chance. The Oakland Athletics have signed Zito to a minor league deal that comes with an invite to big league spring training.
Blast from the past: Barry Zito is going to sign a minor-league deal with the #Athletics and come to spring camp.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 17, 2015
I always say to have faith in our GM Billy Beane but this is simply unbelievable! This is my worst nightmare come to life! The only thing worse would be Daric Barton finding his way back into our system. If that happened along with this I’d literally drop dead. Seriously, DEAD.
It’s been well documented on my blog that I think Zito’s return is the stupidest thing in the world. See: Barry Zito should NOT comeback EVER, Yet another reason Barry Zito should NOT make comeback and Astros owner Jim Crane does Zito a favor, makes a call. Two of the posts were even written back in November-December and have been updated and renamed since!
I go over and over the reasons that Zito isn’t any good in those posts but here’s a quick rundown. The last time he had an ERA under 3.00 was in 2002. The last time he had an ERA under 4.00 was in 2006. His last All-Star appearance was also that season.
He’s inconsistent. Sometimes if he can throw the curveball for strikes then there’s a chance that the team can win the game but if he isn’t doing that in the first inning then you should know that the game is likely lost. I watched this happen for four seasons after he won the Cy Young. I’ve seen it up close and personal and I would like not to see that again.
I laughed my ass off when the San Francisco Giants signed him to that enormous contract, knowing that they obviously hadn’t been paying attention to the A’s for the previous four seasons – they just saw “Cy Young” and “All-Star” next to his name and went for it. How did that work out for them?
He had one good series, I believe it was the 2012 NLCS, but I may be wrong, while with San Francisco. He was a bust and he still is. His fastball is slower than ever topping out at 83 mph or so I have read.
Thank goodness, at least in my mind, the A’s have a surplus of good pitching. I doubt a 37-year-old who hasn’t been good since 2002, will actually make the club. I’ll say straight up that Drew Pomeranz, Jesse Chavez and although I have yet to see them pitch live – Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman, Chris Bassitt and (insert any name here) are all better than Zito.
He has NO chance of making the rotation and the A’s bullpen is stacked with talent, even with Sean Doolittle out for a little while. Oh and then Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin will return. Granted we don’t know what they will or will not be able to do, however, even at their worst I will bet they are better than Barry Zito.
The crap part is that he actually could make the roster. We saw Daric Barton have a decent spring year after year and be put on the Opening Day roster year after year for I think eight years and he never lasted more than a month or so.
Finally the A’s are rid of Barton so what do they do? They go and sign his pitching equivalent to a minor league deal. I WAS excited for spring training in a couple weeks but this – this utter and total nonsense – has put quite a damper on things. Zito just hasn’t been any good since his Cy Young seasons. Seriously, check his stats if you don’t believe me. Just click on his name and you’ll go straight to Baseball-Reference.com.
I still and will always trust in Billy Beane but I NEVER in my wildest imagination thought that the A’s would actually be stupid enough to sign him. I was leaving that up to the Houston Astros. But no, of course it would be the A’s who would do something this atrocious!
I just pray to the baseball gods that he has a terrible spring and does NOT make the Opening Day roster … I barely ever ask the baseball gods for anything so please hear me now! Zito has GOT TO GO!