Thursday, December 28, 2006

Zito Gets A Giant Contract

Barry Zito has finally found a new home. The former Oakland Athletics ace has reached a preliminary agreement with the San Francisco Giants on a seven-year, $26 million deal with an option for an eighth year at $18 million.

Zito will be a nice replacement for Mike Schmidt, who also found a new home this off season when he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is the fourth 100-million dollar plus deal this winter and only the 14th in league history.

The Texas Rangers were said to be the favourites in this thing, but yesterday said their offer would be withdrawn at the end of the week if they had not heard from Zito and his agent, Scott Boras.

The Mets, Yankees and Mariners were also said to be very interested.

A physical has been scheduled for tomorrow and a formal announcement should be made Monday.

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