• Yanks Interested In Bay Area’s Barry?

    Posted by on March 17th, 2006 · Comments (1)

    No, not that Barry.

    From Tracy Ringolsby

    The Yankees, Mets and Dodgers have expressed interest in Oakland left-hander Barry Zito, but if they want the Athletics to listen seriously, the teams are going to have to overpay. The Athletics have reason to believe they can win the division, and while Zito can be a free agent after the season, he also is the key to a developing rotation.

    Good to see that the Yankees are listening to me.

    Comments on Yanks Interested In Bay Area’s Barry?

    1. baileywalk
      March 18th, 2006 | 12:17 pm

      Why does everyone have a hard-on for Barry Zito? If I had a wet dream about an A’s starter, it would certainly star Rich Harden. Maybe — if I was desperate — Dan Haren. But not Zito.

      Sure, he had one undeniably brilliant year. He got the Cy for it. But ever since then? Meh. His ’04 year was awful (nearly gave up a hit per inning and had an ERA well over 4). 2005 was a DECENT year. But nothing special. He’s an innings-eater (over 200 IP for the last five years), but is he really a guy you want to throw over ten million dollars at? A.J. Burnett, with his losing record and “potential,” got eleven million. That’s without putting together even one truly dominant year. Zito won the Cy just three years ago. He can open up the change-purse plenty wide when he’s a free agent.

      He wouldn’t hurt the Yanks in any way, but he’s overrated, he walks too many and can’t keep guys off base, and he’s not a big-game pitcher. The idea of Zito opening or closing out a playoff series for the Yanks doesn’t inspire anything in me but fear. I think the Yankees can get similar results with their own stock.

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