Day One of the Winter Meetings has kicked off with a New York Post report that Andy Pettitte turned down the Yankees initial one-year offer, which Joel Sherman believes was for roughly $10 million. Sherman writes that at least one official remains convinced a deal will get done.
Buster Olney is reporting the Pettitte will definitely pitch next season.
Signing Pettitte would make things a lot easier for the Yankees, who would suddenly be much less desperate for starting pitching during their potential trade talks for Roy Halladay or whoever else.
UPDATE, 9:16 a.m.: The Post has added a report that Brian Bruney is being shopped and could end up in Atlanta. Just a guess, but I can’t help wondering if Rafael Soriano might change those plans. If Soriano accepts arbitration — which seems possible — the Braves will have Soriano, Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito making quite a bit of money in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 9:30 a.m.: Jon Heyman reporting that Pettitte contract talks have begun between Brian Cashman and Randy Hendricks.
UPDATE, 10:08 a.m.: The Veterans Committee just announced that umpire Doug Harvey and manager Whitey Herzog have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.