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Offline Senators2005

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Barry Zito to Rangers?
« Topic Start: December 02, 2006, 04:31:31 AM »
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Barry Zito met Thursday with the Texas Rangers, the team that failed to sign the ace left-hander after drafting him in 1998.

Zito and his agent, Scott Boras, visited with Rangers general manager Jon Daniels.

A year after the Rangers drafted Zito in the third round, Oakland made him a first-round pick in 1999 out of college. Zito went 102-63 in 222 starts for the Athletics the past seven seasons and won the AL Cy Young Award in 2002. He finished 16-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 34 starts this year, then became a free agent.

Zito expressed interest in Texas last month after Ron Washington, an Oakland coach the past 11 seasons, became the Rangers' new manager.

With Kevin Millwood the only starter sure to return to their rotation, the Rangers have been trying to add pitching. They were outbid for the negotiating rights to Japanese pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kei Igawa.

Free-agent right-hander Adam Eaton signed a $24 million, three-year contract this week with Philadelphia, even after missing half of last season for Texas with a finger injury. Vicente Padilla, a 15-game winner for the Rangers, is still a free agent.

Millwood was 16-12 after being the team's key free-agent addition last winter. Boras got the right-hander a $60 million, five-year deal.

Boras, the agent for Matsuzaka, also negotiated the $252 million, 10-year deal Alex Rodriguez got from the Rangers in December 2000, and Texas' $65 million, five-year contract for Chan Ho Park the next year.

Offline tomterp

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Barry Zito to Rangers?
« Reply #1: December 02, 2006, 03:13:29 PM »
Wow, Rangers are in as deep doo-doo with their starters as we are.  Kevin Millwood and ...........nobody.

Offline The Chief

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Barry Zito to Rangers?
« Reply #2: December 02, 2006, 04:32:20 PM »
Man I hate Scott Boras.

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Barry Zito to Rangers?
« Reply #3: December 03, 2006, 11:49:25 AM »
Scott Boras owns baseball, seriously.  He is everyone's agent and completely controlls the contracts of players.  I think there should be some kind of rule so that people like Boras don't take over the financial side of baseball.  Maybe a limit on how many players an agent can work for is in order?