My Zito source just told me there was a bottom line, non-geographic preferential in the Barry Zito negotiations:
The highest bidder will get him.
Q: "What if Kansas City is the highest bidder"
A: Barry will be a Royal.
He was sanguine about it all (he is a huge A's fan), didn't speak of any hope Barry Z was staying in Fremont, and stuck to the same refrain:
Most money = Barry Z.
My Prediction: Barry Zito will not be an Angel and will get a 6 year, $96 million contract from the Giants.