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Pettitte deal official; Whiteside DFA

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 28, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have made the Andy Pettitte deal official. They’ve also announced that Eli Whiteside has been designated for assignment. If he clears, I have to think the Yankees will hold onto Whiteside to bring additional catching depth in Triple-A. Here’s the announcement from the Yankees.

YANKEES SIGN LHP ANDY PETTITTE

The New York Yankees today announced they have signed left-handed pitcher Andy Pettitte to a one-year Major League contract.

Pettitte, 40, went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA (75.1IP, 24ER) in 12 starts with the Yankees in 2012 after joining the Major League club on May 13. He missed nearly three months on the disabled list with a fractured left ankle (June 28-September 19), but returned to make three regular season starts—two of which were scoreless—and two postseason starts, going 0-1 with a 3.29 ERA (13.2IP, 5ER) in his playoff appearances. After signing a minor league contract on March 16, he began the year by making four official minor league starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Double-A Trenton and Single-A Tampa and two unofficial extended spring training starts.

The left-hander owns a career record of 245-142 (.633) with a 3.86 ERA (3,130.2IP, 1,341ER) in 491 starts over 17 Major League seasons with the Yankees (1995-2003, ‘07-10 and ‘12) and Houston Astros (2004-06). Among all pitchers currently signed with a Major League club, Pettitte ranks first in wins, starts, strikeouts and innings pitched. He is one of just 26 pitchers all time to be 100-or-more games over .500, and—of the 19 Hall of Fame-eligible pitchers who have reached that plateau—only “Parisian Bob” Caruthers, who went 218-99 from 1884-92, is not enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Originally selected by the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1990 First-Year Player Draft, the Louisiana native has pitched 14 seasons with the club, going 208-116 (.642) with a 3.95 ERA (2,611.0IP, 1,146ER) and 1,892 strikeouts in 417 games (408 starts). In franchise history, he ranks second in strikeouts and starts, fourth in innings pitched and seventh in games pitched. His 208 wins with the Yankees are third-most in franchise history and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, most for any pitcher for his current club.

Pettitte is the all-time winningest pitcher in postseason history, going 19-11 with a 3.81 ERA (276.2IP, 117ER) in 44 career starts. He also ranks first all time in postseason starts and innings pitched (276.2), and is second with 183 strikeouts. Of his 19 playoff wins, six have come in a possible series clincher, the most series-clinching wins all time. Pettitte has appeared in eight career World Series (seven as a Yankee), winning championships with the Yankees in 1996, ’98, ’99, 2000 and ’09.

The three-time All-Star (1996, 2001, ’10) and 2001 ALCS MVP has posted a record of .500 or better in each of his 17 Major League seasons. According to Elias, he holds the distinction of being the only pitcher in Major League history with a record of .500 or better while making at least 15 starts in each of the first 16 seasons of his career (1995-2010). He also posted a winning record in each of the first 13 seasons of his career (1995-2007), marking the third-longest such streak to begin a career all time, trailing only Hall of Famers Grover Cleveland Alexander (17) and Cy Young (15).

In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated catcher Eli Whiteside for assignment.

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62 Responses to “Pettitte deal official; Whiteside DFA”

  1. blake November 28th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    We shall miss you eli

  2. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    A Detroit Red Wings prospect faces charges under Michigan’s tough “super drunk” designation following a traffic stop during which police discovered him clad in a Teletubby costume.

    According to a Grand Rapids police report obtained by MLive.com, Riley Sheahan twice registered a blood alcohol level of .30 percent when tested in jail after his arrest on Oct. 29.

    Police say the 20-year-old Grand Rapids Griffins center from St. Catharines, Ontario, was wearing the costume of a purple Teletubby known as Tinky Winky during the stop.

    *********

    Now if that had been Pineda in the teletubby suit with Connors in the passenger seat – - – -the wrath from the lohud Kracken would be unleashed no doubt – - – -

  3. yankeefeminista November 28th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Nilsson says:
    November 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm
    yankeefeminista November 28th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Martin is a mistake hitter who had a .643 OPS vs. RHP in 2012. For comparison’s sake, Jose Molina had a .680 OPS vs. RHP.

    ———————————————————————————————————–

    Molina’s overall OPS in 2012 was .640. Martin’s was .713. Can’t leave out the data vs. southpaws. They’ve got feelings too.

    Anyway, those offensive numbers are nothing to write home about. But in terms of pitch framing quantification, those two guys are right at the top. I think that’s an important element since balls and strikes called is crucial to a typical game.

    Sorry to hear about GB7. I really liked him as a poster. I think he posted during the A-ball all star game at Charleston. RIP.
    —-
    That was my point. Jose was the #1 pitch framer, hits RHP better than Martin and was a bargain at 1.5 mil. Why overpay for Martin? We could have kept Josie at a fraction of the cost and spent the saved money on offense. Do the Yankees just make this up as they go along? :(

  4. yankeefeminista November 28th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Oh Whiteside of the short lived option.

  5. G. Love November 28th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Great news about Andy. Rotation is set in my opinion barring any trades.

    Pitching wasn’t the problem with this team last year. It’s time to try to fix the problem.

  6. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    the lohud has sea monsters?

  7. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    the lohud has sea monsters?

    *****

    Yes, an unfortunately there is no Harry Hamlin around this time to repel it – - – -

  8. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Hi comet!

    blake November 28th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Dodgers are interested in ALL the players

    ——————

    Yes.

    GLove – did you see the article I posted earlier? About the Cowboys?

  9. Benny Blanco November 28th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Great news about andy!

  10. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    The Yankees avoided arbitration with Whiteside just two days ago, agreeing to terms on a $625K contract for 2013. The Yankees guaranteed Whiteside $200K of that sum, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).
    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#0XTRGTuQHJ3dtt1w.99

    *****

    Hey – not a bad few weeks work’s pay for being with the Yanks – - – -

  11. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Whiteside will almost surely clear waivers being that the yankees were the only team to claim him last time and they pick last, and then the minor league portion of the contract he signed could kick in I guess.

  12. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    So it goes C.C., Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes, Nova – with Phelps and Greinke backing up the rotation – - – -oh wait – thought I was on the lohud Dodgers blog – - – be right back – - – -

  13. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Hey – not a bad few weeks work’s pay for being with the Yanks – – – -

    He only gets a pro-rated 30 days worth of his 200k due to being DFA’d in the offseason. Though if the Yankees keep him in the minors and he doesn’t decline re-assignment he’ll get the full 200k.

  14. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    he’ll get the full 200k.

    ***

    If he does – I hope he spreads the wealth to some of the other minor league guys and treats them to a nice dinner or two – - – -

  15. Nilsson November 28th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    yankeefeminista November 28th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    That was my point. Jose was the #1 pitch framer, hits RHP better than Martin and was a bargain at 1.5 mil. Why overpay for Martin? We could have kept Josie at a fraction of the cost and spent the saved money on offense. Do the Yankees just make this up as they go along?

    ————————————————————————————————————–

    I’m assuming you’re referring to the article from BP. Mike Fast collected the data over period of 5 years and published his work in 2011 for the baseball world to see. Molina was long gone from the Yanks by then.

  16. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    “If he does – I hope he spreads the wealth to some of the other minor league guys and treats them to a nice dinner or two – – – -”
    ======================================

    how would that work? would he contact the minor league team he would probably have been assigned to next spring and ask someone at the team office for the names and phone #’s of the teammates he’s never met so he could ask them to go out to dinner with him?

  17. Benny Blanco November 28th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    somebody is getting traded

  18. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    how would that work? would he contact the minor league team he would probably have been assigned to next spring and ask someone at the team office for the names and phone #’s of the teammates he’s never met so he could ask them to go out to dinner with him?

    ******

    I think he can just walk into the clubhouse say in Scranton in April and say – he fellas – I have a lot benjamins – let’s make it rain – party is on me – just saying – - – -I don’t know the guy personally though – so he might have family obligations as well – but just saying it would be nice if he treated a few of the guys who are making peanuts – - – -

  19. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I’m assuming you’re referring to the article from BP. Mike Fast collected the data over period of 5 years and published his work in 2011 for the baseball world to see. Molina was long gone from the Yanks by then.

    This just means the public got a better handle on it in 2011, but shouldn’t we expect the baseball team to understand the strengths & weaknesses of Jose Molina prior to this? I think the issue is that they didn’t really care about catcher defense until Russell Martin, or else they would have just kept Molina.

  20. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    how would that work? would he contact the minor league team he would probably have been assigned to next spring and ask someone at the team office for the names and phone #’s of the teammates he’s never met so he could ask them to go out to dinner with him?

    If he passes through waivers and accepts his stay he will be assigned to scranton by the Yankees, in which case he can spread the wealth with some postgame spreads. That is what Stoneburner is saying, not that he should spread the wealth if he is cut loose.

  21. blake November 28th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    @jcrasnick: BJ Upton in serious talks with #braves on mulityear deal, source says

  22. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    FYI – if you are near a radio:

    BryanHoch RT @YankeesWFAN: Andy Pettitte will join Mike Francesa on WFAN and YES at 5:30pm ET.

  23. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Pettitte should get kudos for deciding relatively early.

  24. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    @jcrasnick: BJ Upton in serious talks with #braves on mulityear deal, source says

    *******

    Hoping Upton makes a crazy contract – thus making Granderson more attractive to other teams – - – -

  25. blake November 28th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    “Hoping Upton makes a crazy contract – thus making Granderson more attractive to other teams – – – ”

    The braves could still use Granderson

  26. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    AndrewMarchand What’s Next: Mo, Martin & Ichiro

    *******

    Marchand almost makes it sound like it is an upcoming episode of the Three Stooges – - – -

  27. chicken little November 28th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Here is what I don’t get — the Yanks obviously knew they were signing Pettitte and DFa’ing Whiteside. So why sign him to a contract two days ago?

  28. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    The braves could still use Granderson

    ******

    idk with their budget – perhaps – i am putting my money more on with the Phillies, Nats, and SF Giants – at this point – - – -jmo

  29. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    everytime i need a laugh this week i go to youtube and watch that sanchez fumble again!

    cracks me up every time!

  30. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Here is what I don’t get — the Yanks obviously knew they were signing Pettitte and DFa’ing Whiteside. So why sign him to a contract two days ago?

    ******

    Just so that you would ask this very questoin at 4:44 pm on November 28, 2012 – they’re out to get you. Honestly – I have no idea – I have given up trying to find out – - – -

  31. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    So why sign him to a contract two days ago?

    Because they had to and if he clears waivers he’ll stay with the Yankees in AAA utilizing the minor league split portion of the contract he signed

  32. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    @Buster_ESPN

    As Jerry Crasnick reported, talks between the Braves and B.J. Upton have heated up today.

  33. blake November 28th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    “idk with their budget – perhaps – i am putting my money more on with the Phillies, Nats, and SF Giants – at this point – – – -jmo”

    A lot of teams could use Grandy….but the Yanks have to add a replacement bat first

  34. blake November 28th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Sign Hamilton
    Trade Grandy

  35. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    They had to either offer him arbitration, sign a deal, or non-tender him. They chose sign a deal which gives them options should they then DFA him. Non-tendering him would lose him outright and arbitration means their chances of a favorable deal being less (also have to wait until the future).

    Had they done arbitration then DFA’d him, they’d have to pay 30 days worth of 600k instead of 200k as it is his previous years salary

  36. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    A lot of teams could use Grandy….but the Yanks have to add a replacement bat first

    *****

    I guess – with the 15 million dollar contract – just saying his value goes up if he is seen as a one year bargain versus the outrageous prices of Upton and Bourn – - – -

  37. blake November 28th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    The Yanks could even take a little of Grandys money if it meant getting better players back

  38. jacksquat November 28th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    They didn’t care as much about catcher defense until Girardi got there, and then he got rid of Posada as soon as he could (a year before he retired).

  39. yankeefeminista November 28th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Nilsson, so what you are saying is that without Fast’s data, the Yankees were unable to determine the quality of the pitch framer? Kind of like how Cash needed fangraphs’ data vs. his own staff’s to analyze his own team?

  40. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    they did care about catching defense before that, which is why girardi was here as a player. also why molina was here.

  41. blake November 28th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    @AdamKilgoreWP: RT @mlbbowman Source confirms Braves are nearing the completion of a deal with B.J. Upton. @jcrasnick first reported talks were heating up

  42. jacksquat November 28th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Girardi pushed out by Posada

    Molina backup

  43. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    @JackCurryYES

    Pettitte said “it was pretty easy” to decide to come back after he started working out. He had “great desire” to pitch at end of 2012.

    ———————

    I can’t wait till he has a ‘great desire’ to pitch in 2014……… and I mean that sincerely because I really cannot wait to see what this team does.

  44. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    @BloggingBombers

    Josh Pettitte has committed to pitch for Baylor University.

    ———————-

    Maybe if we have to sign Andy for 2014 we can force the deal to include his son. We’ll probably need another bullpen arm, after all.

  45. blake November 28th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    @JackCurryYES: After season ended, Cashman told Pettitte the Yankees wanted him back. Pettitte said that was “huge” for him as he made decision.

  46. Nilsson November 28th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    This just means the public got a better handle on it in 2011, but shouldn’t we expect the baseball team to understand the strengths & weaknesses of Jose Molina prior to this? I think the issue is that they didn’t really care about catcher defense until Russell Martin, or else they would have just kept Molina.

    —————————————————————————————————————-

    You know what, an individual or an outsider with a different way of doing things can grab the attention of organizations. It happens all the time in all sorts of industries. A company like Google, for all its brainpower, will acquires start-ups because their idea is better.

    Same thing happened when Fast did his analysis on pitch framing. Perhaps the Yanks had an idea of its impact, but realized how much of an impact it had on the game after the article was published.

  47. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    @BloggingBombers

    Pettitte spent the first month of offseason helping his son decide where to go to college. Didn’t start thinking about 2013 until Nov 16.

    ———————–

    No one associated with the Yankee organization is capable of multitasking.

  48. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Really, it’s all just code for ‘I needed to see what Kuroda’s salary would be’ but I do find the explanations to be amazing. Somewhere out there, people are believing this stuff.

  49. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    @JackCurryYES

    Pettitte said “I expect to make my 34 starts.” He added, “I think I can do that. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t try to do this again.”

  50. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    @JackCurryYES

    Pettitte spoke to Sabathia, Jeter and Rivera during process, but they didn’t try to lobby him. They just let him know how much he was wanted \

    ———————-

    Awwwwwwwwww.

    In other news, no one will answer Swisher’s text messages lol.

  51. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Pettitte: “I think we’re good enough to go all the way, I do.” Wouldn’t be coming back if the Yankees weren’t a World Series contender. 8 seconds ago · repl

    Let’s do IT!!!

  52. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    pettitte will be on francessa in a few.

  53. Chip November 28th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    blake November 28th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    The Yanks could even take a little of Grandys money if it meant getting better players back
    ——————-

    What about like I said, dealing him to the Marlins who say they want a power bat. Get Logan Morrison, maybe take back Nolasco to make the money work, get another guy thrown in…Mike Dunn or someone along those lines.

  54. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    BJ Upton signs with the Braves

  55. Locke November 28th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    If we are going to trade Granderson I’d eat all of his contract to get a good player in return. Money isn’t close to as tight this year as it will be next year. Why not spend the $15mm to lock a young bat up for a few years at minimal expense?

  56. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    If we are going to trade Granderson I’d eat all of his contract to get a good player in return. Money isn’t close to as tight this year as it will be next year. Why not spend the $15mm to lock a young bat up for a few years at minimal expense?

    ******

    Sounds like a plan to me – - – -

  57. Captain Clutch November 28th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    This is a insane contract for Upton. The Braves will regret this one very quickly.
    ——————

    Bob Nightengale?@BNightengale

    Upton receives a five-year contract for $70 milllion to $75 million for #Braves

  58. Locke November 28th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    5years $70mm? That’s steep for Atlanta.

    They make a ton of money, but they spend it like they are the Rays.

  59. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    i thought i just read that the braves make nothing off their local cable.

  60. tomingeorgia November 28th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Just listened to Mike Weiner on the fan. He’s a good guy that I knew a little back in the day. Pettit is on right now.

  61. Locke November 28th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Ys Guy, you’re right. The Braves don’t make anything off their TV deal. They do, however sell a large amount of tickets and sell a ton of merchandise. I may be wrong about this, but I think they were second in merchandise sales last year.

    They are cheap because they are owned by a company that bought them for the tax write-off.

  62. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Ys Guy, you’re right. The Braves don’t make anything off their TV deal. They do, however sell a large amount of tickets and sell a ton of merchandise. I may be wrong about this, but I think they were second in merchandise sales last year.

    The braves are a revenue sharing payee team, so they don’t bring in as much revenue as 14 other teams in baseball.


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