SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The Bay Area’s longest-tenured pitcher is taking some time off from Major League Baseball, but isn’t ready to call it a career.

CBS Sports reports that Barry Zito plans to take some time away from the pitcher’s mound, but he isn’t officially retiring.

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CBS baseball insider John Heyman reports that there is no evidence that Zito, 36, actually sought a job this off-season. There is no word of any injury for the lefty, who just finished a 5-11season with a 5.74 ERA for the San Francisco Giants, the final year of a seven-season $126 Million deal.

All time, Zito is 165-143 with a 4.02 ERA for his career, all wearing the uniform of either the Giants or A’s. The Giants declined an $18-million option for him in 2014.

His time in San Francisco was viewed largely as a disappointment after being signed to become the face of the franchise as the career of Barry Bonds wound down. His high point came when a strong 2012 postseason helped lead the team to a 2nd World Series title in San Francisco.

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The Giants appear to have firmed up their 2014 rotation options this off-season after signing former Zito teammate Tim Hudson and re-signing righty Ryan Vogelsong.

Zito’s best numbers came in Oakland, where he won the American League Cy Young award as the league’s top pitcher in 2002.


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