Barry Zito is why I am reluctant to give long-term deals to pitchers. I wrote at the time he was a breakdown waiting to happen. From what I hear his fastball is a Duque-like. A little faster, or course, because few things are that slow.
I confess, breakdown potential is why I didn’t like the Johan Santana deal initially. Stuff happens with pitchers. I’m glad they have Santana now, but was against it when F-Mart and Pelfrey were in the mix.