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Published: March 4, 2011
Barry Zito has won 40 games in the last four seasons for the San Francisco Giants, which is likely far fewer than the team expected for him to win when it signed him to what was then the largest pitching contract in baseball history: $126 million for seven years.
He wasn’t even on the Giants postseason roster last season when they won the World Series. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that the team is not happy with Zito and that the team would even consider buying out his expensive contract before opening day if that’s what it takes to say farewell.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that Zito was "stunned by the report."
"[Bochy] called me in, first thing," Zito told the Mercury News. "He just said, `This is the first we’ve heard of this.’"
Earlier in camp, Bochy was "pretty pointed in his criticism" after Zito showed little control in his first outing, the Mercury News reported.
"The thing about being out of shape, I have no idea who his [the Chronicle's Bruce Jenkins] sources are. Nobody I’ve talked to — trainers, strength coaches, the coaching staff — they’ve never heard anything about that," Zito said, according to the Mercury News. "It’s unfortunate, but it’s the nature of the business."