05/07/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Barry Zito Sent to Bullpen By Giants

Barry Zito is now being paid $18 million a year to sit in the bullpen. The San Jose Mercury News reports:

Barry Zito is no longer the highest-paid starting pitcher in the major leagues.

He's the highest-paid reliever.

In an anticipated but still stunning move, the Giants demoted their $126 million opening-day starter to the bullpen Monday. Left-hander Pat Misch will replace Zito, at least temporarily, in the rotation; Zito will be available to pitch in relief when the Giants begin a series at Philadelphia on Friday, Manager Bruce Bochy said.

With Zito just more than one season into his record-setting seven-year contract, the Giants still owe him about $112.5 million guaranteed.

"I'm obviously very disappointed," Giants owner Peter Magowan said. "Barry is too. Neither one of us signed up for this, frankly, and we both know it."

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