NL West Notes: Giants, Dipoto, Zito, Rockies

Let's take a look at a few items out of the NL West..

  • This winter, the Giants will have 13 players eligible for salary arbitration and seven players hitting free agency.  Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle peered into his crystal ball to predict which players would return to the club in 2012.
  • Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports gives credit to Diamondbacks exec Jerry Dipoto for his role in the club's success.  The former interim general manager could have looked for another GM gig after the position was given to Kevin Towers last year, but he instead chose to be a company man.  Recently, Tim Dierkes spoke to Dipoto about his career in baseball and his future aspirations.
  • If all goes well, it looks like Giants pitcher Barry Zito will soon be activated and will get the chance to show the club where he stands, tweets Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News.  Recently, Giants skipper Bruce Bochy admitted that he wasn't sure where the lefty fits into the team's long-term plans.
  • Given their other needs, Troy Renck of The Denver Post (via Twitter) expects the Rockies to wait another year to address their first base situation.

5 Responses to NL West Notes: Giants, Dipoto, Zito, Rockies Leave a Reply

  1. Mellow Yellow King 4 years ago

    I wish Barry Zito hadn’t changed his delivery right before playing for the Giants. Could really use a fastball that’s not going 82. 

  2. gunsnascar 4 years ago

    I allways wondered what was different about the way he pitched from his CY Young season to now. You say its his delivery? Ive seen his stats 1 or 2 of those SFG years wernt that horrible. What is his problem other than age?

    • Mellow Yellow King 4 years ago

      There was a whole article about Barry Zito changing his delivery from his Overhand delivery while with the A’s to a 3/4 delivery, which was supposedly going to extend his career. Ironically it turned his career into crap for the second half of it. I’ll see if I can find that article, I’ll link it.

    • melonis_rex 4 years ago

      He had his highest K rates really early in his career (when he won the Cy). If you look at his K rates in 2004-2006, they are really pedestrian (highest=6.89/9) along with a progressively increasing BB/9 rate. 

      He looked like an ace for one reason: he was a flyball pitcher in a park with the second most foul territory in baseball, and balls that would be homeruns were flyouts and plenty of pop fouls were caught instead of landing in the stands, producing extra outs. In other words, he was a slightly above average pitcher with no injury history when the Giants signed him. 

  3. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    Long term plans for Barry Zito… I’m sure if they eat the salary the Newark Bears would be happy to give them any equipment they were planning on throwing away.

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