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It’s 2015 and Barry Zito will face off against Tim Hudson this Saturday


There’s not much left for the Athletics and Giants to play for in 2015, so this Saturday will be a celebration of the early-2000s at Oakland’s Coliseum.

A’s manager Bob Melvin confirmed Tuesday that left-hander Barry Zito will start against Giants right-hander Tim Hudson on Saturday afternoon. The two were teammates in Oakland from 2000-2004 and were major players on the 2002 team that served as the primary subject of Michael Lewis’ famous book Moneyball.

Mark Mulder is also going to be in attendance.

This will be Zito’s first start at the major league level since 2013. The 37-year-old southpaw was called up from Triple-A Nashville last week after posting a 3.46 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 91/60 K/BB ratio across 138 innings (24 starts) this season in the Pacific Coast League.

Hudson, 40, has said he will retire after the 2015 campaign.

Zito will likely call it quits too.

This is going to be pretty cool.

Madison Bumgarner is reportedly asking for a nine-figure deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free agent pitcher Madison Bumgarner is asking for a nine-figure deal.

Your first impression of that may be “what? how?” A lot of that, however, is probably bound up in your understandable feeling that Bumgarner is too old to get that kind of scratch. But then you remember that, oh wait, he’s somehow still only 30 years-old. Indeed, he’s only ten months older than Zack Wheeler, who just nabbed a five-year, $118 million deal from Philly.

Bumgarner, obviously, has much more mileage on the odometer than Wheeler does, and he’s not the ace he was a few years ago, but he’s coming off a fine year, having put up a solid 3.90 ERA and 203/43 K/BB ratio over 207.2 innings in 2019. He would be a fine addition to the top — or at last near the top — of a contender’s rotation.

The White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Reds, Braves, Padres, and Yankees have all been mentioned among possible landing spots. Figure his market to heat up a good bit once Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg sign and some of those contenders start looking for fallback options.