Zito taking time away from baseball, not retiring

Zito taking time away from baseball, not retiring
February 18, 2014, 8:00 am
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Barry Zito was 5-11 with a 5.74 ERA in 30 games for the Giants in 2013. (USATSI)

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Former Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito does not have an employer as MLB teams gather for spring training this year, but that doesn't mean the 35-year old former Cy Young Award winner's career is over.

Zito plans to take some time away from the majors, where he's spent the better part of the last 14 years, but he isn't retiring.

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While he didn’t appear to have much left while going 5-11 with a 5.74 ERA in 30 games (25 starts) in 2013, Zito is not too far removed from his heroic outings in Game 5 of the NLCS in St. Louis and his victory over the Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series in 2012. 

The veteran received a $7 million buyout from the Giants and did not actively search for a new team. It is unclear if he plans to spend the entire 2014 season away from the game, but he told Insider Andrew Baggarly in December that he wants to pitch again in 2015.

 

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