Barry Zito will be changing uniforms for the 2007 baseball season, but it doesn't look as if he'll have to switch his mailing address.
After seven seasons with the Oakland Athletics, Zito has reached a preliminary agreement with the cross-Bay-rival San Francisco Giants on the largest contract for a pitcher in baseball history.
He's looking at seven years for at least 126 million dollars. The details of the deal were provided to The Associated Press by two persons familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced by the team.
The 28-year-old left-hander has been one of the most durable pitchers in the majors, making 34 or more starts and throwing 210 or more innings in six straight seasons.
The 2002 American League Cy Young Award winner was 16-10
with a 3.83 ERA last season and has a 102-63 career record with a 3.55 ERA.
Zito is scheduled to have a physical tomorrow, and the Giants plan to announce their agreement with the three-time All-Star later in the day.