Pettitte Deal Complete

Andy Pettitte is coming back to the Bronx,  according to Peter Abraham. The deal is for a guaranteed 5.5 M with roster time and innings pitched based incentives pushing the possible value up to 12M. The Yankees really come out of this deal looking great, as they held the line and ended up paying...

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Who Bats Cleanup?

One logistical question that Joe Girardi will have to address going into the season is how exactly he will construct the middle of his lineup. Namely, there are those who are wondering the order in which he will place Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Joe DelGrippo of attempts to address the  issue:

And the...

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Dishing dirt "below" Torre

UPDATE (8pm, 1/25/09): So it seems that the first-person attribution of these quotes to Torre were a bit off-base, according to Verducci, the co-author. The bold/navy is my emphasis. Two New York newspapers are reporting that Joe Torre rips Alex Rodriguez and George Steinbrenner in the book, and that Brian Cashman was not as supportive of Torre returning as Yankees manager after the 2007 season as was previously believed. What can you tell us about these reports?

Verducci: I think it’s important to understand context here. The book is not a first-person book by Joe Torre, it’s a third-person narrative based on 12 years of knowing the Yankees and it’s about the changes in the game in that period. Seems to me the New York Post assigned this third-person book entirely to Joe Torre and that’s not the case. In fact, if people saw that Post story they probably noticed there are no quotes from Joe Torre in it.

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Lyon Signs With Tigers

Brandon Lyon signs in Detroit, ostensibly to close. As the offseason progresses and other relievers are signed to fill the available setup and closer roles, does the price on Juan Cruz drop enough to entice the Yankees to give up a fourth round pick and reel him in?

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Yanks nearing deal with Pettitte

Breaking from KR. Apparently, the deal will be for less than $10 million and could be reached today, however, incentives could push the deal towards the $16 million mark.

UPDATE – Buster Olney is reporting that the deal is for “nearly $6 million, with incentives that could make it worth as much as $12...

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