Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon said Barry Zito has the temperament to play in New York. Speaking on a conference call this morning, Damon said Zito: “I think he’d adjust well. He doesn’t let much phase him.”
Damon also described his former Oakland teammate as a big-game pitcher. “He knows how to pitch in the postseason,” Damon said.
With the Matsuzaka deal done, agent Scott Boras will turn his attention to Zito, whose only offer so far comes from Texas. San Francisco also has interest, and with Barry Bonds saying he would defer much of his $16 million 2007 contract, the Giants might be able to make a serious run at Zito.