Andy Pettitte is upset
Andy Pettitte is displeased with the way his negotiations with the Yankees have gone, according to a report in this morning’s Newsday. Citing a source close to Pettitte, here is the newspaper’s list of the left-hander’s grievances:
1. Pettitte believes that the Yankees should display more appreciation for all that he has done for them.
2. While the Yankees are asking that Pettitte take a pay cut, the team
clearly is not hurting financially, given its large investments in
Teixeira, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.
3. Pettitte thinks that his 2008 season wasn’t as bad as the Yankees are making it out to be.
There are two sides to this story, of course. The Yankees offered $10 million on a one-year contract for what essentially will be a fourth starter. They can fill that much cheaper from within with Phil Hughes, Alfredo Aceves, Ian Kennedy, etc., and as Brian Cashman said, the fifth starter will come from that crop until further notice.
If you want to make the case that they won’t necessarily be as effective as Pettitte, who won 14 games last year, then the Yankees would remind of the 2-7 record after July 31 and the way Pettitte limped to the finish line — though he at least did record a win in Yankee Stadium’s final game on Sept. 21.
Pettitte’s selling point has perennially been to be a strong second-half performer, and there were those who reasonably believed Roger Clemens’ steroids fiasco interrupted his training.
There’s no reason to believe that Pettitte is sitting idly and watching these negotiations play out, but with five weeks to go until pitchers and catchers report, it’s only natural to wonder if this issue may be having a similar effect on his workouts?
Once again, I personally expect to see Pettitte in Tampa on Feb. 13, but who knows at this point — maybe I’m just being stubborn in believing it makes too much sense not to work out. If it winds up not being the Yankees after all, the Houston Chronicle’s Jerome Solomon thinks Pettitte will fit just fine in an Astros uniform for 2009.