Saturday, December 13, 2014

Scott Boras on the Zito comeback

There's a John Shea story from a few days ago about the Giants would like to sign James Shields.

The most interesting part of this is the second half of the story where Scott Boras discusses Zito's mention of whether a Giants deal would ever happen again....

Boras spoke of the “Giants formula” and the importance of having three elite pitchers in the same rotation — the Giants want someone to partner with Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain — to provide 45 to 50 wins and 600 innings.
“If you can get that out of your top three starters, you’re in the hunt. The Giants know this formula better than anybody,” Boras said.
“With (Tim) Lincecum leading it in ’10, Cain in ’12 and Bumgarner in ’14, they know the formula. It’s filled stadiums. It’s made them great. When Brian (Sabean) and (Bruce) Bochy sat down with me in 2007, when they acquired (Barry) Zito, to their credit, they told me what their formula was, and they’ve executed it. They really have.”
Meantime, Boras said Zito continues his comeback bid in Houston, where he’s working with pitching instructor Ron Wolforth, who assisted with Scott Kazmir’s comeback. Boras said the plan is for Zito to throw for teams in January with the hope of pitching in the 2015 season.
“He’s been working hard on his mechanics,” Boras said. “He doesn’t cup the ball anymore. His drive to home plate is a little bit different than it was. He has some new mechanical evolutions he’s been working on to really advance what he thinks will be effective.”
Zito, 36, won 15 games with a 4.15 ERA for the 2012 Giants and proved to be a difference maker in the postseason. But he went 5-11 with a 5.75 ERA in 2013 and didn’t pitch in 2014.
Boras insisted a Zito comeback is realistic.
“Remember, when Barry stopped pitching, he could still continue to pitch,” Boras said. “Even at that level, without any improvement, I felt he could still compete. So if he has added strengths and durability and more control, all the better. You’re talking about a guy who has a historic record under his belt.”
Briefly: Bochy said Bumgarner, who threw 270 innings last season, will be monitored closely in spring training. “We may need to lighten up on him a bit,” Bochy said. ... Hector Sanchez is playing winter ball but won’t begin catching until spring training and will be given a chance to prove he recovered from his concussions, Bochy said. Andrew Susac is the expected backup catcher.


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