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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Yay! Andy Pettitte is coming back

Good news on two fronts. Not only won't I have to toss my Andy Pettitte t-shirt after all, as Andy is coming back to the Bronx for another year, but I finally have a tracking number for my Snuggie order!

I really didn't think the Yanks were going to get him back this year, because I thought that their $10 million offer was too low. Turns out that Andy is getting many milliions less money up front -albeit with incentives that can raise the contract to $12 million. Did Andy Pettitte go to the same negotitating school as Jason Varitek?

This is a perfect move for the Yanks,and gives them the best,and most stacked, rotation in baseball. Kudos to Andy for staying in the fold, and to Brian Cashman for re-signing him.

In yesterday's press conference, Andy had to answer questions on, among other things, Joe Torre's book. I thought Wallace Matthews made a good point in his Newsday column:

The irony of it all is that the people Torre is most angry at - Randy
Levine, Hank and Hal Steinbrenner, Lonn Trost and now, clearly, Brian Cashman -
are the ones who will be the least affected by it.

The ones who will have to bear the brunt of it are the ones Torre
professes to care about the most - Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Joe
Girardi - and the one he claims to have tried so hard to help, A-Rod.


Yes, I think we have a pretty good idea of what the first questions at spring training will be about. Thanks, Joe!

Are you glad Andy Pettitte is back? Tell us about it!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Best rotation in baseball? it would take a hell of an argument to say that. I'd say it gives them a pretty damn good one, though.

But...they do have two pitchers returning from injury, three who are injury prone, and an ace who is headed for a major breakdown after the number of innings/pitches that he threw last year. If anything carries them this year, it'll be the offense again.

Anonymous said...

Truely not as thrilled as you about Andy returning. What ever happend to the "youth movement".This was the perfect opportunity to work Hughes, Aceves, or some other younger pitcher at the 5 spot with limited pressure. Best rotation in baseball is a real stretch, with the limitations on Joba, injury history of Burnett, poor performance in 08 for Pettitte,how Wang bounces back and how CC handles NY--lots of ?'s.
AS for all the Torre stuff, IMO he should have moved on with some dignity. He doesn't need to write a book to tell yankee fans that Cashman is a weasel--most fans alreay know that. Books are about making money, as if he doesn't already make enough, he was around baseball long enough to know how the "game" is played. I wonder which hat he will wear for his hall induction?

Alvaro Fernandez Ravelo said...
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Alvaro Fernandez Ravelo said...

It's only a one year deal, the youngster will get opportunities, injuries happen to ALL rotations. The word of the day: "depth."

I really want to see Derek Jeter's face when he is asked about the book.

People get fired or not renewed everywhere. But this poor guy who was a nobody (894-1003 record before being a Yankee), was mistreated to many millions and secure for the rest of his life and his heirs. Boo-hoo.

Lisa Swan said...

Anon 2, I see your point about the kid. But it's better, I think, for them have 7-8 arms to choose from than last year, when there was no real Plan B when players got hurt.