Originally Posted by samurai_sox
Yeah, Barry Zito's deal with the Giants really hurt that franchise, they only have 2 World Series championships in the last 3 seasons.
That was a little different, as it was a free-agent deal (that many at the time saw as ridiculous), not a team locking up it's own player during his arbitration years.
In other words, the Giants guaranteed Zito $126 million over 7 years when he signed the deal at the peak of his prime or just past it. The White Sox have "just" $35 million guaranteed over 5 seasons to Chris Sale, before he's even eligible for free agency.