Wow, $126 million doesn't get what it used to; in fact, it doesn't get what you want. In the worst case of larceny ever in sports -- the infamous Barry Zito and his nine figure deal is heading to the Giants' bullpen.
Oh, it's heartache and pain in the City by the Bay...
Barry Zito was demoted to the bullpen Monday by the San Francisco Giants, who hope the former ace can correct his problems by working in relief.
Zito, who only 16 months ago signed a $126 million, seven-year contract with the Giants to lead their rotation, was informed of the move in a meeting with manager Bruce Bochy.
The left-hander has lost his first six starts this season and has a 7.53 ERA that jumped considerably after Zito was tagged for eight earned runs in a 10-1 loss Sunday to Cincinnati.
Well, San Francisco can't just cut him and eat their money -- that's lunacy. At this point, the Giants hope the southpaw can work through his issues.
It may be a long summer in the city by the bay. Nine figures for a mop-up man?