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Beane Happy Zito Didn't Stay In AL West

The Rangers and Mariners were both interested in Barry Zito, which are rivalries that trump the local one for the A's.

"Given the fact that there appeared to be interest within the division, it's nice to know he won't be pitching for one of our rivals,'' Oakland general manager Billy Beane said.

Via San Francisco Chronicle

Durazo Gets Invite To Oakland's Spring Training

Currently starring for Hermasillo of the Mexican Winter League, Erubiel Durazo on Tuesday told a Mexican radio station -- after hitting three home runs in a game -- that he was rejoining the A's.

Asked to confirm Durazo's announcement, Oakland assistant GM David Forst, responding to a voicemail from MLB.com while traveling late Wednesday, promptly did so with a brief text message.

"On a plane," Forst wrote. "Minor League deal for Ruby. Invite to camp."

Via MLB.com

Zito On A Downward Trajectory?

Will Scott Boras' decision to delay actively seeking suitors for Barry Zito cost him?

With so many teams having spent a lot of money already this off-season, the market for Zito appears to comes down to Texas and the Mets.

Some scouts do not believe he is worth the money Boras seeks for his client.

Asked whether they would give Zito a six-year deal, both a major-league scout and a major-league GM guessed they wouldn't. If the Mets don't offer a sixth year, it could prevent a deal from getting done.

"I think he's slipped," one major-league scout told The Post. "The last two times I've seen him the last couple years, he wasn't on at all. He struggled getting his breaking ball over for strikes, and when he does that, he's in trouble. He can't get by on a power arm."

Via New York Post

Mets Hope To Meet With Zito

Omar Minaya hopes to speak with Barry Zito and Scott Boras this week. On which coast the face-to-face meeting takes place and exactly when it'll occur could be resolved today, the Mets GM said.

"We will have dialogue this week," Minaya wrote in an E-mail.

David Wright and former A's pitching coach Rick Peterson are among the Mets ready to sell the 28-year-old pitcher on New York. Zito already has visited Texas.

Via New York Daily News

Rangers, Mets And Giants Aggressively Pursuing Zito

Club officials said that the Rangers have made a formal offer to free agent pitcher Barry Zito and his agent Scott Boras.

The New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants are also pursuing Bary Zito aggressively.

Via MLB.com

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