Giants Not Planning To Give Zito Another Start

Giants_Barry_Zito_2012While reiterating his respect for Barry Zito, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that no plans have been made to assign the left-hander a ceremonial final start at AT&T Park as a gesture of appreciation.

“It’s not something we’ve talked about,” Bochy said, though he didn’t rule out the possibility that Zito could land a spot start if injuries or other circumstances created a vacancy in the rotation.

Zito’s seven-year, $126 million contract ends this season. The Giants are unlikely to pick up the $18 million option for 2014, given Zito’s 4-11 record and 5.91 ERA. He would instead receive a $7 million buyout.

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