Pettitte closing in on deal with Yankees

Andy Pettitte appears to be closing in on a one-year contract, allowing the veteran to help open the Yankees’ new stadium as a member of the rotation.

A baseball source told MLB.com Monday that the Yankees were nearing completion on an agreement with Pettitte, and a deal could be reached later in the day.

The Yankees have not officially commented on the developments, but discussions between Pettitte’s representatives and general manager Brian Cashman have continued for weeks.

The 36-year-old’s agents, Randy and Alan Hendricks, have advised Pettitte that the Yankees’ offer – widely reported to be one year at $10.5 million – represents too large of a pay cut it represents from the $16 million he earned in each of the last two seasons. But the Yankees could help make up some of the difference by including performance-based incentives. 

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Cmon now, Berroa beat out Hideki Matsui for Rookie of the Year in 2003.

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NEW THREAD

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Mo has one great pitch. Papelbon has either one or two good ones, depending on who you ask. And neither ever proved themselves as promising a major league starter as Joba, who has 3 top pitches with a developing changeup as well.

As for Smoltz, he won 200 games. he moved to the pen due to injuries, sure, but that was after years of dominance in the rotation. Set up man with a future as a closer are useful, but a top ace is far more valuable to a team. Joba could be our stud for the next decade and a half.

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Bpark,
Swisher spells Cameron. Both bat for a relatively low batting average with decent pop and a high OBP. Trading Swisher for Cameron 1-1 would be a bad deal for the Yanks seeing how Swish is about 10 years younger and under contract for 3 years at a much more affordable price. I don’t think the Yanks would give up either Nady or Swisher 1-1, I don’t think they wanted to deal Milky and Cameron 1-1.

Also, though Marte began his stint with the Yanks –barring a few horrible outings– he played quite well for us. Just check out his game by game log, besides two or three outings he was lights out. http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/stats/individual_player_gamebygamelog.jsp?c_id=nyy&playerID=150122&statType=2

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I think Berroroa might beat out Ransom.
Fuentes isn’t coming and he is the only reliever I would have been interested in.
So are we done or does Manny pop up with a discount proposal for us? Does Cabrera get dealt with Swisher or Nady for Cameron? I am not advocating these, I am just asking questions.

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“There was no other team ever brought into the equation,” Pettitte said. “My mind never changed. I wanted to come back to the Yankees, and in my mind, I was going to be back.”

HA! I called it. When there were reports that Andy was perhaps considering a return to Houston, I said No way. He’s just playing the PR game. And that was exactly what he was doing.

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I think they are done. We’ve got Swisher on the bench along with someone like Cody Ransom. Plus whoever shows up at ST. I don’t want to sign another reliever. We have a VERY PI$$ POOR track record of signing relievers who actually WORK OUT (heck, Marte hasn’t even worked out yet). We’ve got a good core of young guys in there who proved that our ‘pen was not the teams ’08 problem.
Damon, Jeter, Texeria, ARod, Matsui, Cano, Posada, Nady, Cabrera. Bank on it (more or less… (-:)

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Based on that assessment Mo, Smoltz, and PapelBum have always been starters too.
Bryan, did Pettitte end up negotiating this deal himself? Whats next? Bullpen? Bench?

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did the Yankees make the right decision in getting Pettitte and A.J. Burnett over Sheets Lowe…????
i’ll be watching…

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it might sound like aot but if the Yanks gave up a good relief prospects with Nady Swisher and Melky…they might be able to acquire Chris Young in a Trade…he is cheap-can steal bases like Melky or better…hit as many homers as Nady and Swisher or more and plays ok defense and he would be under contract for a few years…that would open up money for the Yanks to sign Abreu to a deal for one year…and maybe Ty Wggington to a year deal as well…

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the Yankees have to keep going out there and picking up top free agents…because over the last 10 years they have traded away young potential talent for big stars or scooped up the best free agent talent…which has cost them first-second and sometimes third round picks…
also because the yankees always do well in the regular season they keep getting first round picks in the late 20’s…it will be very hard to find the next Derek Jeter or Mo Rivera or Andy Pettitte or Jorge Posada picking 27th 28th 29th or 30th…(although i’m sure there is a few jewels out there)…but more than likely…if they get the talent it will come with a huge signing bonus that scared off other teams that picked before them who stayed away from the player because of the high price tag coupled with injury risk or character issues or both…when you pick at the bottom of the first round and there is talent with high potential then it almost always comes with a major question mark that could derail that potential and some major money risk also…and that seems to be the only reason that talent is available at 28…Jeter was the 8th pick not the 28th pick….

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if the Yankees have little or no injuries in the rotation it could be the best rotation in baseball…but that is a big if…but they should still be potent…one place they could improve is the bullpen…it has been solid but it could be taken up a notch…if the Yankees got Juan Cruz that could help…and he would only cost them a 4th round pick…not too much money and probably just a year or two…it seems to make sense….you can never have two much pitching…
get Manny-the pipe dream just had to stated…

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Joba has shoulder problems. I don’t see him being a career starter. I do agree that when he starts, he dominates. I feel the Yankee fans will be in for a rude awakening when the Yankees don’t win the world series. I want to be proven wrong but you don’t win with big name free agents. It almost never works.

Sean Serritella

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Joba has shoulder problems. I don’t see him being a career starter. I do agree that when he starts, he dominates. I feel the Yankee fans will be in for a rude awakening when the Yankees don’t win the world series. I want to be proven wrong but you don’t win with big name free agents. It almost never works.

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Matt,
I totally agree!

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Sean,
Sports pages still prone to sensationalism as I recall. Back in the fifth grade, I remember my teacher going ballistic about “yellow journalism” regarding a report I did on the Daily News’ sports pages.

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I don’t like the Pettitte back as a Yankee and I don’t like Joba starting. Joba will never last as a starter in my view.

Robert, the NY Post and the NY Daily News do post a lot of garbage tabloid stuff but they have great sport pages.

Sean Serritella

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Joba is a starter until proven otherwise. He has been a starter all along. If his injury problems become an issue, then the bullpen becomes an option. And Hughes will get starts, our 5 starters aren’t going to pitch 34 games each. If he proves himself, he may well push his way into the rotation. I’ll bet 100 bucks our end of season rotation isn’t the same one we start the season with.

Anyway, which do you guys think we need to work on now that we have Pettite, our bullpen or our bench? Or both, or in fact neither?

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Joba is not a starter. A young man with a bad arm is a bigger risk then a older pitcher with arm problem. Mo has maybe 1 good year and the next being the yanks kept him 1 year to long. Joba can have a great career, but his arm problem will never go away. He can become the greatest Relief Pitcher ever. It is just the breaks of the game. Hughes and some of those other young guys will pick up the slack. What is wrong with Joe Torre his viagra stop working. Say it ain’t so Joe. You did not forget where you put your viagra.

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I would rather see Hughes in triple A getting his innings in than in long relief.

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Since well more than half his potential pay is in incentives and the fact that he’s gone from $10M guaranteed to only $5.5M guaranteed, he’s got something to prove? Perhaps another 20-win season??

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Welcome back Andy!!! I’ll stick with my rotation of CC, AJ, Wang, Andy and Joba with Hughes working from the pen in long relief (as the early season work is held down for the starters) and will spot start to keep joba’s innings manageable. When someone goes down, expect Hughes to step into the rotation.

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Yankees have a 4pm conf. call to announce Pettitte.

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http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3859198
Arod is a “Phony”

BP,
Most of your “news” seems to come from the Daily News or the Post. When I live in Bergen County both of those publications were considered only slightly better than tabloids. Is that still true?

By RobertGKramer@AOL.Com on January 26, 2009 3:46 PM
I like the Times, my links are online sources only, I don’t buy those papers, I do buy the Jersey Journal sometimes.

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BP,
Most of your “news” seems to come from the Daily News or the Post. When I live in Bergen County both of those publications were considered only slightly better than tabloids. Is that still true?

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OH NO! Talk again of Joba moving to the pen? Shoot the author please!!! He projects to be much more valuable as a starter unless his “violent” delivery betrays him.

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NYDailynews says, we may keep Hughes in the rotation and move Joba to the pen.

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Does Bruney have a hearing set? If Wang can’t win, what chance does Bruney have?
Pettitte locked up, now bullpen?

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Matt,
Your grandmother might have had her chance if Pettitte had been allowed to rest his sore shoulder! Does she throw from the left side?

We should have plenty of depth to allow Joba rest if he feels anything. I still have the video of him beating Beckett last year. I will definately burn a permanent copy before I erase it from my hard drive!

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http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2009/01/26/2009-01-26_andy_pettitte_to_sign_oneyear_deal_with_.html
Deal done.
Joba is an excellent starter but how many wins did he notch? Will he make it a full year?

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Anyone think current outfield “onholds-options” are due to Carl Crawford becoming a free agent next year??

By dcdoc1230@sbcglobal.net on January 21, 2009 4:52 PM
Could be among other options. Damon also has been circulated as a candidate to be re-signed.

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Don’t get ahead of ourselves discussing our playoff rotation. First we have to make the playoffs. Plus, pitchers get hurt so not everyone may be available. Then, yes, form comes into account. If Pettite gives a 6 ERA after the all star break, he can’t start in the playoffs, despite his big game pitcher reputation.

Still, this isn’t a bad deal. 6 million is a fair price, and if he earns the other 6 in incentives, I’ll gladly give it to him myself. Except I don’t have 6 mil, but let’s not go there.

I think it was bpark who argued last year that Moose wasn’t done, and he has been arguing that Pettite isn’t done this year. You were right last time so let’s hope you are again.

By a7989 on January 26, 2009 2:06 PM
I don’t see how Pettitte is done. He had 14 wins with a tired arm, possibly damaged arm. Moose was way worse in 2007. Pettitte also is 2nd in quality starts over a period of the last 3 years (How is that done?) Sure the ERA and hits are higher but so is the errors on the infield (see Jeter, Cano and Arod). However, pitchers who have pitched into their 40s have had rough years. Kenny Rogers and Randy Johnson to name a couple have had way worse years than Pettitte’s 2008 campaign.

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Pettite was erratic during the early part of the season and down right terrible the last half…why in the heck would the Yanks want to sign this guy and not give Ben Sheets a one year deal…Pettite is on the downside of his career and is injury prone, too…they should have let him walk. Yanks should still pursue another quaility pitcher…can trade Damon,Gardner, and Kennedy to KC for Grieneke…or use these players to get Peavey from the Padres…Padres have announced that they must shed $ 5mill in Payroll…Remember, Sabbathia stated that he wanted to stay in the N.L…He is a Yankee now…Peavey can be had. Don’t depend on getting much from Joba and even less from Hughes…both have talent but need additional innings to build stamina and refine their pitch repertoire….we made the mistake of depending Hughes and Kennedy in 2008 to fill the 4th & 5th spots in our rotation…when we should have gotten Santana. The Yanks must add Manny to this line up…EVEN with the addition of Texiera YANKS ARE WOEFUL WHEN HITTING WITH RISP….Manny batting cleanup resolves that and gives the Yanks a chance to win the wild card…otherwise this is another paper tiger team.
Forget all the prejudice marlarky about players being “drama queens”…focus on performance…none of us has any personal knowledge of these players or what goes on in a major league club house…we do know that Manny is a better clutch hitter than anyone we can suit up.

By keyswahili@yahoo.com on January 26, 2009 1:59 PM
Keysh, Sheets is not looking for a 1 year deal. Oh and we just signed Manny, check your paper.

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Don’t get ahead of ourselves discussing our playoff rotation. First we have to make the playoffs. Plus, pitchers get hurt so not everyone may be available. Then, yes, form comes into account. If Pettite gives a 6 ERA after the all star break, he can’t start in the playoffs, despite his big game pitcher reputation.

Still, this isn’t a bad deal. 6 million is a fair price, and if he earns the other 6 in incentives, I’ll gladly give it to him myself. Except I don’t have 6 mil, but let’s not go there.

I think it was bpark who argued last year that Moose wasn’t done, and he has been arguing that Pettite isn’t done this year. You were right last time so let’s hope you are again.

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Funny how people said the same about Moose and he is what 5 years older than Pettitte.

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Even if he is #4 in a rotation, he may not even log more than 145 innings, Joba simply is not dependable enough yet and there is serious injury concerns.

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I think it’ll come down to who has the hot hand at the time.

By rcngolf99 on January 26, 2009 1:52 PM
Basically and history (ex. big game pitcher). If Pettitte pitches well all year, no way he goes to the bullpen.

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Bryan, do you drive from Bergen County every day? Your EasyPass bill (and gas) must be high.

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I think it’ll come down to who has the hot hand at the time.

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just read that. Actually sounds like $6M guaranteed with another $5M possible in incentives. Welcome back Andy. I want you on this team so you can get your 5th ring.
CC, AJ, Wang, Pettitte with Joba and Hughes spelling one another to keep Joba’s innings down. Ok. LETS PLAY BALL!

By rcngolf99 on January 26, 2009 12:47 PM
2-4 is debatable, it may look like that in the regualr season but in the playoffs, more likely CC, Pettitte, Wang/Burnett.

On Varitek, he is close signing

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As we closer to Spring Training I think we will see lots of players signing! Like Jason Varitek!!!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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