Remember When Barry Zito Was Awesome?
It's been a while, but there was indeed a time when Barry Zito was awesome at pitching.
The struggling left-hander was demoted to the relief corps Monday by the San Francisco Giants, who have high hopes that their former ace can get his crap together in the bullpen.
The three-time All-Star and 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner with the Oakland Athletics lost every one of his first six starts of this season, seeing his ERA sky-rocket to 7.53 after he was roughed-up for eight earned runs over just three innings of his team's 10-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
It's been almost a year-and-a-half since he signed a record $126 million, seven-year contract with San Francisco... and let this be a lesson to clubs everywhere whose hurlers want extended contracts with a ridiculous amount of zeroes attached to them.
The Giants plans to use Pat Misch against the Philadelphia Phillies in pace of Zito this Saturday, after recalling the lefty from the AAA Fresno Grizzlies when starter Kevin Correia was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
[Bay City Ball]