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