Andy Pettitte signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Yankees that — after much negotiation — was laden with incentives.
Pettitte was able to earn bonus payments based on how many days he spent on the active roster and how many innings he pitched.
Tomorrow will be his 170th day on the roster. That will give him an extra $1.6 million, a figure that will rise to $2 million once the season is over and he reaches 180 days.
Pettitte also has thrown 184.1 innings. That has paid off to the tune of $2.25 million. He is 5.2 innings shy of another $750,000. If Pettitte gets to 200 innings, that would be an additional $750,000.
With two starts left, it’s likely Pettitte will only break the 190-inning threshold. When it’s all said and done, he’ll probably get $5 million in extras for a total salary of $10.5 million.
Given the state of the free-agent market last winter, that’s a pretty good figure for Andy and his agents, the Hendricks Brothers. The Yankees also will be pleased knowing they received the value of that many innings, a vast majority of them good ones.
Speaking of agents, Scott Boras has a suite right behind the plate at Angel Stadium and almost always arrives early to watch batting practice and consult with his clients. At one point yesterday, Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez were literally lined up to speak to Boras.
Fans get riled up about Boras. But it’s important to remember that the players hire him to represent them. He’s only doing what they ask him to do. Given the amount of money in the game, a player has every right to get what he can.
UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: The new Boras ESPN commercial is hilarious. Watch it here: