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http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_y...YF?slug=ap-athletics-loaiza&prov=ap&type=lgns

Loaiza's deal includes a $3 million signing bonus with a spread-out payment schedule and yearly salaries of $5 million, $6 million and $7 million. The A's have a $7.5 million option for 2009 with a $375,000 buyout.
http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=rotowire-arryitoayberaded&prov=rotowire&type=lgns

The signing of Esteban Loaiza could signal that the A's could be putting Zito on the trading block, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
jibber jabber, maybe. then again, maybe not...
 

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This deal on paper looks like the A's overpaid for him, but the longer he remained on the market, the costlier he would get and more teams would be vying for his services. This was a strange signing considering pitching was a team strenght but it gives them more trade leverage in case they can't come to terms with Barry Zito. Let's face it, Zito can command around $12 million a yr.

I personally think Zito will be traded by the new yr. He will fetch some quality talent and hopefully a solid right handed bat.
 

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As critical as I've been of Zito, the fact remains he's a good lefty starter. Unless we sign another good lefty starter, I'm convinced we ought to hold onto Zito...which is why the Loiza signing baffles me. Since new ownership took over, we've resigned a lot of our own players to keep 'em in town. This is the first free agent signing I question.
 

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I think Zito is gone, maybe to the reds for Adam Dunn?
Gonna need to offer alot more than a player that has one year left on his contract and will not have any intention on resigning. The reds can get alot of youth for him... minor leaguers that are mlb ready.
 
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