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It could be profitable for Pettitte

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 03, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mitchell Report BaseballWe’ve all heard talk that the Yankees are actually operating under a budget with Hal Steinbrenner in charge. According to Brian Cashman, his payroll has limits. The Yankees actually got money back from Pittsburgh when they acquired Eric Hinske.

Does Andy Pettitte play a role in that? Under the terms of the $5.5 million deal he agreed to in late January, Pettitte can earn an additional $6.5 million in bonuses. He could get pretty close to that.

Let’s check it out:

Performance bonuses:
150 innings: $500,000.
160 innings: $500,000.
170 innings: $500,000.
180 innings: $750,000.
190 innings: $750,000.
200 innings: $750,000.
210 innings: $750,000

Roster bonuses:
120 days on the 25-man roster: $100,000.
130 days on the 25-man roster: $200,000.
140 days on the 25-man roster: $250,000
150 days on the 25-man roster: $250,000
160 days on the 25-man roster: $400,000
170 days on the 25-man roster: $400,000
180 days on the 25-man roster: $400,000

Pettitte has been on the active roster for 123 days. If he lasts the season, he will get $2 million.

He is also on a pace to finish the season with just over 200 innings, which would mean another $3.5 million. So Pettitte could finish the season with a total salary of $11 million. Given the state of the free-agent market last winter, the Hendricks Brothers did well for their client.

Pettitte will face Toronto tomorrow and Boston on Sunday. As the season moves along, he’s going to start raking it in.


I think that’s it from me today. I’m still in Chicago and going to try and enjoy the rest of the day off before heading for Toronto. Thanks for checking in.




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