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Waiting on Andy

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Nov 10, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

andy-pettitte-8d03ea9ac1b9dce1_largeObviously the Yankees are hoping to make a big addition to their pitching staff this winter by signing Cliff Lee – a pursuit it appears they’re beginning in earnest today, with a MLB Trade Rumors report that they’ve sent a contingent to meet with Lee in Arkansas – but Andy Pettitte’s status is a pretty considerable issue, too. Of course, this is a pretty familiar situation – Pettitte has been deciding whether to pitch for them each of the past four offseasons. Is there a pattern that might indicate when the Yankees will know something on their Texas lefty? Let’s take a look:

After the 2006 season: Pettitte signs a one-year, $16 million deal with a player option for a second year on Dec. 9, spurning the Astros who had hoped to bring him back.

After the 2007 season: After declining his option on Nov. 5, Pettitte accepts arbitration from the Yankees on Dec. 7 and officially signs on Dec. 12.

After the 2008 season: Some backs-and-forths over money push the ultimate decision later this time around, with Pettitte not signing his incentive-laden deal until Jan. 26.

After the 2009 season: Back to the usual, Pettitte followed up his fantastic postseason by filing for free agency and then signing a one-year deal with the Yankees on Dec. 9.

What does it all mean? Pettitte said after the Yankees were eliminated that “I don’t want it to drag out. I want to make a decision” and with the few tweaks to the MLB offseason calendar, things might move more quickly but judging by Pettitte’s history, that decision doesn’t figure to come for at least a few more weeks.

My personal opinion? I think Pettitte gives it one more year. Yes, he had injury problems this past year but a) they weren’t with his elbow or shoulder; and b) they saved him several months of wear and tear. I’d expect him to sign another one-year deal the first week of December.

* Thanks to the AP for this consummate shot of Pettitte – one that TV directors have been loving for more than a decade.

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