Veteran lefty Zito taking a break; he isn’t retiring


Zito had a down year in 2013 but was a key to the Giants' championship in 2012. (USATSI)
Zito had a down 12 months in 2013 however was a key to the Giants' championship in 2012. (USATSI)


Barry Zito plans to take some time off, however he is not retiring.

Curiously, almost nothing was written about Zito this winter, and the reason for that's there isn't any proof he actively sought a job. Simply the same, Zito is not able to name it quits, both, according to individuals in the know.

There was an early suggestion in a story about Zito taking time without work to surf by Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Space. Baggarly hypothesized it was potential Zito could take 2014 to "reboot." And that appears to be the case.

There is no word of something physically mistaken with Zito, who had a rough yr in 2013 (5-11, 5.seventy four) after bouncing again to post a stellar 15-8 marketing campaign in 2012, when he helped the Giants win a second World Series title in three years, successful the key Recreation 5 of the NLCS at St. Louis that catapulted San Francisco again into the Series.

Zito is 165-143 with a 4.02 PERIOD for his career, all performed in the Bay Area with the Giants and A's. The Giants declined an $18-million possibility for him in 2014 but he still made $126 million on that seven-yr cope with San Francisco.

Zito is simply 36, so there could also be time for one more comeback if he decides to strive it.


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Report: Rockies acquire lefty Anderson from A’s


Brett Anderson will make the unfortunate move from spacious Coliseum into Coors Field.
Brett Anderson might make the unpleasant move from spacious Coliseum into Coors Field. (USATSI)


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The Rockies have acquired left-hander Brett Anderson plus cash within the Athletics for left-hander Drew Pomeranz plus minor league right-hander Chris Jensen, both teams announced. Jon Heyman of mentioned Colorado will received $2 million inside the deal.

Anderson, 25, had a 6.04 ERA (62 ERA+) in 44 2/3 innings across five starts and 11 relief appearances in 2013. He missed almost 4 months with a proper ankle sprain. The A's picked up Anderson's $8 million club option for 2014 a few weeks ago plus were capable to deal him due to their rotation level.

The Rockies are hoping they receive the 2009-11 version of Anderson, whenever he pitched to a 3.66 ERA (115 ERA+) with a 3.11 K/BB inside 62 begins. Injuries have sidelined him inside latest years, including an elbow strain (2010), Tommy John surgery (2011-12), an oblique stress (2012) as well as the ankle sprain.

Pomeranz, 25, has a 5.20 ERA (89 ERA+) inside 136 2/3 innings across three seasons for the Rockies, that initially acquired him within the Indians inside the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. Pomeranz does not have superior numbers outside Coors Field (6.20 ERA) however he has dominated lefties (17 OPS+). The A's ought to be capable to locate a employ for him.

Jensen, 23, went 5-8 with a four.55 ERA and 3.49 K/BB in 28 starts and 152 1/3 innings for Colorado's High Class-A affiliate in 2013. The University of San Diego product was drafted inside the sixth round of the 2011 draft.

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