OAKLAND — In the estimation of one executive with knowledge of the situation, there's a 95 percent chance Barry Zito will remain with the A's the final two months of the season.

That doesn't mean there won't be more conversations or rumors between today, when Zito starts against Toronto, and Monday's 1 p.m. PDT trading deadline.

The New York Mets' top scout is in Oakland this weekend. The A's have some of their top scouts in different time zones making 11th-hour evaluations just in case somebody changes their mind.

Zito has remained unfazed and oblivious to the trade rumors, which date back to the 2004 season.

"A lot of guys let that be a distraction," manager Ken Macha said. "He's not done that. It's a credit to him. He's got some experience with player who have been there and played the last year of their contract. He may have learned from watching them too.

"He's a special commodity to have. He never misses a start. Holy smokes. That's like writing (former A's shortstop Miguel) Tejada's name in the lineup every day."

If a trade does occur, it would most likely be the Mets, considering they've shown the most interest for three straight years.

One question to ponder: does Pedro Martinez's four-run first inning in his first start back from the disabled list make the Mets more likely to pull the trigger? Or does his five shutout innings after that first make them less likely?

ONE-HOPPERS: The A's recalled pitcher Shane Komine from Triple-A Sacramento, and he will make his major league debut Sunday.


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Komine, who was given uniform No. 60, will have 30 friends and family on his guest list (about half coming over from Hawaii). ... Komine joins Ron Darling (1991-95) and Lenn Sakata (1986) as the only Hawaiian-born players to play for the A's and will become the 19th Hawaiian pitcher in major league history. ... Macha wouldn't say how long Komine's audition will last, only that "he's got an opportunity to make a spot for himself." ... If Komine remains, he would start on six days rest every Tuesday the next seven weeks, because the A's want to keep their other four starters on normal turn to ensure, for instance, Zito doesn't lose one start. ... To make room for Komine, lefty Randy Keisler was optioned back to the River Cats and will start Monday.