Zito has had a mediocre career with the Giants, putting up roughly league-average numbers in his four years in San Francisco. And while there is certainly a place on most teams for a pitcher like Zito, his performance has been far over-shadowed by his blockbuster seven-year, $126 million contract.
But now Zito, who has never been on the disabled list in his 11 seasons of play, finds himself out of a job. Ryan Vogelsong is firmly entrenched in Zito's spot in the rotation; Zito will be fighting Jonathan Sanchez and God knows who else for the spot down the stretch.
If the Giants try to deal Zito, it could be hard to find a buyer. They may be forced to eat a substantial part of Zito's $19 million annual salary or find a team with deep enough pockets to swallow the cost.
Here are four teams that could use Zito in the remainder of the 2011 season.