I must say I am amazed that the Barry Zito derby ended before the end of this year, but hell, he'd be an idiot not to take this kind of money:
Barry Zito is staying in the Bay Area with the San Francisco Giants.
Sources told ESPN's Peter Gammons that Zito will receive a seven-year contract from the Giants, with the deal averaging approximately $18 million per season. Zito will be formally introduced by the Giants this afternoon.
Gammons reports that Zito picked the Giants over the Rangers, Mets, Yankees and Mariners. In additon, sources told Gammons that the Yankees never made a formal offer.
I guess Omar Minaya will have to start working the phones in January.
And now I can't wait for the Mets fans who call The FAN to freakout for weeks upon end. In the end, it's pretty simple--Zito is not worth that much financial and time commitment. Let's see what the kids can do.