Report: Barry Zito applies for marriage license

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Report: Barry Zito applies for marriage license

There was a reported date with Paris Hilton, and a romance with actressAlyssa Milano. But the winner of the big prize, Barry Zitos hand in marriage,isAmber Marie Seyer, a 25-year-old actress and former Miss Missouri USA.This, according to the Chronicles Matier and Ross.According to the report, the Giants lefthander applied for a publicmarriage license in person at the Marin County clerks office onNov. 18.
Sources tell CSNBayArea.com the wedding will take place this Saturday in Marin County.

Seyer, from Oran MO, is a former Miss Teen Missouri USAand Miss Missouri USA.More on Seyer, courtesy of Wikipedia:As Miss Missouri USA, Seyer placed 10th overall in the 2007 Miss USA pageant.She scored a solid 8.400 in the swimsuit competition and garnered an 8.032 inthe evening gown competition.Did you say you heard something about the future Mrs. Zito once being a pigfarmer?Right you are, at least according to Wikipedia. No details are given here,but one could assume having Pig Farmer on your resume makes one unique among MissAmericacontestants.Its a welcome bit of good news for the 33-year-old Zito. He sufferedthrough an injury-riddled 2011 and is considered one of the biggest free agentbusts in baseball history. Zito has compiled a 43-61 record with a 4.55 ERA sincejoining the Giants on a seven-year, 126 million contract in 2007.
Prior to joining San Francisco, Zitostarred with the A's from 2000-2006 where he won a Cy Young Award in 2002. Thatseason, Zito was 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA.

Otani to MLB after 2017 season? 'We discussed the possibility'

Otani to MLB after 2017 season? 'We discussed the possibility'

TOKYO -- Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to the major leagues after the 2017 season.

The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also put up big numbers at the plate, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday.

Otani will not become eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season and will need the Fighters' approval to negotiate with a major league club through the posting system before that time.

He says "we discussed the possibility of me going. ... The club will respect my wishes whenever I decide I want to go."

Otani went 10-4 as a pitcher and batted .322 with a career-high 22 home runs this season for the Fighters.

New rules in MLB's collective bargaining agreement make it more difficult for players like Otani to get paid big bucks right away. But there is a definite curiosity about his abilities, even from those who haven't seen him play much.

"I don't know which side you're worried about more: his ability to pitch or hit," former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "Hopefully he stays healthy because he's an addition whatever league he winds up with, whether he stays in Japan or comes to the U.S. he's certainly going to be an exciting player for people to look forward to watching."

Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was reluctant to talk about Otani because he's under contract in Japan. But he's intrigued about Otani's ability to pitch and hit.

"We have reports on him," Dombrowski said. "Do I think a player could be a two-way player? Yeah, it could happen. It is very difficult? Yes. But I'm not saying that there's not a player out there that can't do that because some of them are rare, rare guys. Babe Ruth could do it. He was pretty good. So it can be done."

Report: Giants 'among teams that have asked' about lefty reliever Howell

Report: Giants 'among teams that have asked' about lefty reliever Howell

The Giants added a huge piece to their bullpen Monday by signing closer Mark Melancon to a four-year deal. While much of the bullpen is complete, San Francisco's front office is reportedly keeping an open mind with a familiar reliever. 

San Francisco has reportedly asked about lefty reliever J.P. Howell, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. Howell, who turns 34 in April, spent the last four seasons as a Giants rival with the Dodgers.

Last season coming out of the Dodgers' bullpen, Howell tossed 50.2 innings pitched and ended with a 1-1 record and 4.09 ERA. The year before, Howell posted a career-low 1.43 ERA. 

In just 13 appearances out of the bullpen -- 10.2 innings pitched -- Howell has struggled in his career at AT&T Park. The lefty has a 6.75 ERA in San Francisco, to go along with an 0-1 record. 

As a whole, the Giants' bullpen finished the 2016 regular season with a 25-24 record. The group's 3.65 ERA ranked ninth in the National League. 

Howell is seeking a one-year deal, according to Olney.