Just because Barry Zito filed for free agency this afternoon doesn’t mean he’ll be in town tomorrow looking at apartments. Zito has been linked to both New York teams, and the Mets made a run at him at the trade deadline, backing off when the Athletics insisted on outfield prospect Lastings Milledge.
Zito is 28 and made $7.9 million last season. He’s represented by Scott Boras, so he won’t come cheap. One of the reasons the Mets, or whoever signs him will pay, is he’s started at least 34 games every year since 2001. Durability costs. Durability plus performance costs more.