Giants hurler won final start in facing rival Dodgers.
— Carmen Kiew (@carmenkiew) October 14, 2013
This past season, Zito played his final guaranteed year under the terms of his 7 year, $126MM deal that brought his across the bay from Oakland. There is an option for 2014, but nary a soul would figure the Giants will be picking up that $18MM. They will certainly opt to give Zito the $7MM buyout instead. The deal could likely go down as one of baseball’s biggest albatrosses.
During his seven-year Giants career, Zito will finish with a record of 63-80 and an ERA of 4.62. In only one season did he post a wining percentage over .500 (15-8, 2012). He did manage a “W” in his last start, defeating the rival Dodgers, 6-4. Zito went five innings, allowing a pair of runs (one earned) on five hits. He also tossed a final third of an inning during the Giants season finale against the San Diego Padres. He registered a four-pitch strikeout.
Prior to joining the Giants, Zito spent seven seasons as a member of the Oakland Athletics, Zito was 102-63 with an ERA of 3.55. Zito won the AL Cy Young in 2002 after posting a 23-5 record, and ERA of 2.75 and WHIP of 1.134.