In his career, Andy Pettitte has signed one contract with a team other than the Yankees. He went home to play for Houston in 2003, then he returned to New York three years later.
Now that Pettitte is a free agent again, a second homecoming seems unlikely.
“We have to be realistic of what our situation is at the moment,” Astros general manager Ed Wade said. “Right now we have (Roy) Oswalt, Wandy (Rodriguz), (Bud) Norris. We picked up (Brian) Moehler’s option. And we need to give opportunities to (Felipe) Paulino or (Yorman) Bazardo or (Wilton) Lopez. If we can improve our situation, we’ll try to do that, but at this point in time, we’re pretty much focused on the guys that we have right now and we’ll see what’s out there on the edges.”
Aside from Norris, the Astros other three young guys — Paulino, Bazardo and Lopez — combined to win four games this season and none had an ERA below 6.27. Houston, though, isn’t in the market for significantly improving their options via free agency.
“We can’t add appreciable payroll,” Wade said. “We’ve indicated that publicly, our payroll is going to go in the opposite direction.”