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On This Date in San Francisco Giants History: Dec 29

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24:  Relief pitcher Barry Zito #75 of the San Francisco Giants delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on September 24, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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Troy NelsonContributor IIIDecember 29, 2011

On this date in San Francisco Giants history...

2009: Mark DeRosa, a veteran .275 hitter, signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Giants.

The 34-year old versatile infielder was traded by Cleveland to the Cardinals at the end of June. He will play first or third base and hit fifth behind cleanup batter, Pablo Sandoval.

2006: Barry Zito and the Giants reached a preliminary agreement on the largest pitcher contract in baseball history: a seven-year, $126 million deal.

Zito—who won a Cy Young Award in 2002 and was named an All-Star three times with the Oakland Athletics—joined the Giants. That was three weeks after the club came to terms on a new $16 million, one-year contract with slugger Barry Bonds for a 15th season.

At the time the Giants acquired him, Zeets had accumulated an impressive 102-63 record, 3.55 ERA, 1.250 WHIP, 6.9 SO/9 rate and 3.5 BB/9 rate in seven seasons with the A's.

1932: The Boston Braves purchase Giant catcher Shanty Hogan for $25,000.

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