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.