The fact that Barry Zito signed with San Francisco wasn't completely unexpected, but the $126 million for seven years was.
Led by Barry Zito and Alfonso Soriano, there are only a handful of top-tier free agents in this winter's class.
Will the A's trade Barry Zito? It's not likely, but landing a hitter like Frank Thomas or Mike Piazza isn't out of the question, writes Jerry Crasnick.
Whether Barry Zito can rediscover his Cy Young form is only one question facing Oakland's pitching staff.
Several starting pitchers who were counted on to make major contributions this year have been ineffective.