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Barry Zito has two years left on his contract
Before you laugh or change the channel on this article, hear me out. There is one potential deal that makes sense for both teams involved.
Barry Zito is owed $39 million for 2012 and 2013, plus a $7 million buyout, making it a total of $46 million remaining on his deal.
This deal, similar to the Aaron Rowand contract, were done by former owner Peter McGowan. This is a primary reason why Bill Neukom was installed as the managing partner in August of 2008. The Giants just released Rowand and will pay him $14 million to go away.
The Giants' management group has shown that they are not totally against eating large sums of money, but here's how they can limit their exposure and get a player who can help them.
The Chicago Cubs would like to dump Carlos Zambrano and he is owed $19 million for 2012. The Cubs are so annoyed with Zambrano's attitude that they are totally done with him.
If the Giants traded Zito for Zambrano, the change of scenery might be just what the doctor ordered for both pitchers.
The contracts are a wash for 2012, so the Giants would only have to pay off a lot of the $27 million owed to Zito for 2013 and the 2014 buyout. If San Francisco agreed to pay off about $22 million of the remaining contract, the Cubs would probably make the deal.
Zambrano could very well flourish in San Francisco, where he could pitch in the pitcher-friendly AT&T Park. Zito would get a fresh start in Chicago and this deal would be a potential win for both teams.