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Clock is ticking louder for Pettitte

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 23, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

So the Mets signed Freddy Garcia. Ben Sheets met with the Rangers. The Dodgers are apparently going to go with Randy Wolf.

Jon Garland apparently shot a man in Reno just to watch him die based on the lack of interest he has received.

So where does this leave Andy Pettitte?

Pettitte said about a dozen times last season how great his elbow felt and how much his sons were enjoying being around the park. Retirement was not on his mind. He once even told me how much more his family was enjoying living in Westchester this time around.

Pettitte has every right to go out and make his best deal. He doesn’t owe the Yankees anything beyond his best effort while under contract. Sure, you’d like to think he feels some remorse over the springing the HGH admission on them. But business is business.

But as days pass and other pitchers sign, where is Pettitte going to do better than the one-year deal the Yankees are offering? The flip side is the Yankees can’t do much better either, unless you want to roll the dice with Sheets and A.J. Burnett in the same rotation.

Brian Cashman has read the market well and there is little reason for the Yankees to budge. As for Pettitte, a $10 million deal in this market is hardly defeat. Guys like Bobby Abreu, Adam Dunn and Orlando Hudson will knock each other to get that.




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