Call it a comeback: Barry Zito to throw for teams in January
In 2002 -- as a member of the Athletics club now immortalized by Chris Pratt and Co. in Moneyball -- Barry Zito went 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA over 35 starts on his way to a Cy Young Award. He was 24.
Twelve years later he was out of baseball.
Zito seems to hope not.
After signing a monster free agent contract to pitch for the Giants, Zito never truly returned to form. A fairly succesful 2012 campaign -- including a 2-0, 1.69 ERA showing in the postseason -- gave way to a 2013 in which Zito made 30 apperances (25 starts) and allowed opponents to hit .318.
The Giants declined to pick up Zito's 2014 option, prompting the pitcher to spend a year away from professional baseball. Now it seems that Zito isn't interested in early retirement, instead announcing his plans for a comeback. He'll audition for interested teams in January.
Now, if you'll excuse us, we've got to go get our "TEAM COMEBACK" shirts printed up.