This afternoon, Ken Rosenthal wondered whether $12 million would be enough for the Yankees to sign Andy Pettitte (assuming Pettitte actually decides to pitch this season). Rosenthal used Hiroki Kuroda — who got exactly one year, $12 million from the Dodgers — as a comparison.
Kuroda, who turns 36 on Feb. 10, was 11-13 with a 3.39 ERA last season, working 196 1/3 innings. Pettitte, who turns 39 on June 15, was 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA, working only 129 innings in the regular season.
Rosenthal noted that Kuroda pitched in a much weaker division, and Pettitte pitched in a toucher park. He also noted that Pettitte was injured last season.
To me it’s pretty even. Kuroda doesn’t have nearly Pettitte’s track record, but he is three years younger. Pettitte was better than Kuroda last season, but he was also injured through most of the second half. A $12-million offer would be a raise from what Pettitte made last season, and that seems pretty fair to me.
But I must admit, there’s a lot about this situation that’s difficult to predict.
Some other links and notes from today.
• Cool little nugget from Cliff Corcoran who notes that Russ Springer retired as the last active player to have played for a losing Yankees team. That was all the way back in 1992, and the Yankees haven’t had a losing season since.
• Good stuff from Buster Olney, who looked at which individual pitches — CC Sabathia’s curveball, for example — were the most effective last season. The most effective curveball, by the way, belonged to Jose Veras. Admittedly, a lot of this data depends on the way a certain pitcher uses a certain pitch.
• From Olney’s usual list of links comes this story about Twins pitcher Brian Duensing, who’s wife was at that Omaha high school where a kid shot his principal and assistant principal earlier this month.
• Derek Jeter isn’t the only American League shortstop to land a four-year deal this offseason. Alexi Ramirez just landed a four-year deal with the White Sox.
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