At $18.5 million this season, Barry Zito is the highest paid under-performing pitcher in baseball. His numbers have gotten so bad that it's very possible he doesn't make it through an entire season in the majors this year.
The former CY Young award winner is entering his sixth season with the San Francisco Giants and he's come nowhere near the same player that he was with the Oakland Athletics. But with so much money still invested in the 33-year-old, the Giants are obligated to have faith that he'll come around soon. In fact, they've said those same words the past five seasons and have yet to watch him follow through on them.
Injuries hampered Zito from making another run at reviving his career last season, and now competition in the rotation has his back against the ropes. Is this the year the Giants finally can their $126 million investment? I think so.
Here are 10 reasons why I think Zito won't make it through the season.