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 less in guaranteed money than they originally offered. It is amazing to me that Derek Lowe got a guaranteed 55 million and three years more than Andy Pettitte. Is that me overrating Pettitte, underrating Lowe, or underlining the desperation with which the Braves acted? I just do not see that huge a difference between them. Lowe is better, but not enough to explain the disparity in their compensation.

Also interesting to note is the question of what exactly will happen to Ben Sheets? He seems to have run out of suitors, and he may be available at a fraction of his worth. I would consider offering him the same deal that they gave Pettitte, as he would provide the Yankees with similar depth to that of the Red Sox, matching the John Smoltz acquisition.… Click here to read the rest

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 way to bring Alex back to MVP form is to hit A-Rod third and Mark Teixeira fourth in the new Yankees lineup. A-Rod had his way with pitchers during 2007 when he hit cleanup spot and produced a .314 BA/.422 OBP/.645 SLG with an OPS+ of 177 — the highest of his career. He scored a career-high 143 runs, hit 54 homers and drove in a career-high 156 runs. But, Alex also had a very hot hitter hitting behind him the entire season. Not one particular guy, but a terrifically concocted Joe Torre combination of Jason Giambi, Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui……But, 2008 was a different story.

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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.Click here to read the rest

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 million.” This would be a big win for the Yankees.… Click here to read the rest