Zito to hold showcase for teams

Former Cy Young winner Barry Zito will throw for “a select group of teams” on Tuesday, as he takes the next step in his comeback attempt, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Zito, who turns 37 in May, sat out all of last season, but has now decided to try to extend his career. He last pitched in 2013, racking up an unsightly 5.74 ERA over 30 outings (25 starts) for the Giants. As it stands now, Zito has a 4.02 career ERA over 14 big league seasons, including a 4.62 mark and a 1.439 WHIP over his final seven seasons.

He’s reportedly made mechanical adjustments and is prepared to give it one more shot, but it’s unclear at this point which teams will be attending Tuesday’s workout. Regardless, he would likely have to settle for a Minor League deal, at best.

— Paul Casella

3 Comments

I wouldn’t mind seeing him in a Jays uniform…

It would be cool to have a player who was “around” in the 90/00s.

Like I mean, he’s changed his armslot and slightly tweaked other mechanics, after posting 5+era in 2013. Give the guy a chance to make the roster, sign him to a minor league deal, maybe one with worthy incentives.

A couple of scouts from independent Softball leagues will be there, hoping to sign someone who can buy beer for the after-game chugfest. Of course, it goes without saying this is SLOW PITCH softball, but I said it anyway

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