Yankees Re-Sign Andy Pettitte

Andy Pettitte and the Yankees have finally agreed to a one-year deal worth $12 million plus $2.5 million in award bonuses. Although the lefty seemingly retired after the 2010 season, Pettitte returned in 2012 with a $2.5 million contract. In 75.1...

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UPDATED: Pettitte finalizes deal to pitch in 2013

According to reports on Twitter from various writers including Buster Olney and Ken Davidoff, Andy Pettitte and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year $12M deal plus award bonuses for 2013.

Pettitte came back to pitch in 2012 after retiring prior to the 2011 season. Pettitte posted a 5-4 with a 2.87 in an abbreviated season which was interrupted by a broken ankle suffered at the end of June. He was able to return to the rotation in September and pitch in the playoffs.

Updated: In order to make room for Pettitte on the 40-man, the Yankees designated Eli Whiteside for assignment.

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Colbrunn named Red Sox hitting coach

The Red Sox who were rumored to have been in talks with Tino Martinez for their hitting coach position before he landed the gig with the Miami Marlins got their man today. Greg Colbrunn, who has been the hitting coach for Low-A Charleston since 2007 was named to Boston’s staff.

Colbrunn was the Riverdogs’ hitting coach from 2007-2009, managed the team in 2010 and went back to being hitting coach in 2011 and 2012.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman had this to say about Colbrunn:

“Greg is more than qualified for that job and in our estimation no better hitting candidate in the marketplace than him. We were lucky to have him for as long as we did.”

Colbrunn played with the 2001 Diamondbacks and won a World Series title with them.

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BBWAA announces Hall of Fame ballot

It’s officially Hall of Fame season, as the BBWAA has released the official ballot for the Class of 2013. The Yankees are certainly well represented in terms of nominees with Bombers ties, a list that’s headlined by Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, David Wells, Mike Stanton and Bernie Williams. Alas, there’s a better than even chance that none of those five players will be giving remarks in Cooperstown next July.

Of course, the big Hall related story this year is going to be steroids, as we finally reach the point at which the voters’ collective blacklist of players “connected,” a term I use extremely loosely, to PEDOTTUBHA* has created a drastic bottleneck of worthy inductees on the ballot, a fact that’s exacerbated by a uniquely deep class of players elgibile for the first time. Just in that category, I would say that Clemens, Barry Bonds, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling, and Sammy Sosa have pretty clear Hall of Fame players, and they’ll be joined in that group by as many as 12 other candidates who either have a very good case for enshrinement or will likely garner a solid level of support from voters, whether deservedly so or not.…

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Russell Martin Joins The Waiting Game

Pictured: Not Russell or Ichiro

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Well it looks like Ichiro isn’t alone in holding out for the tall, handsome Yankees to ask him to dance...

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Pirates making serious push for Martin

Since Hiroki Kuroda signed up for another tour in the Bronx last week, the hot stove season has heated up quite rapidly for the Yankees. Yesterday we learned that the Yankees expect to have deals in place with Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera sooner rather than later, and today Jon Heyman reports that a decision from Russell Martin may be coming this week as well, and that Martin is likely to choose between the Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On the whole, four teams are interested in Martin at the moment: the Yankees, Pirates, Mariners, and Rangers, and Heyman characterizes Pittsburgh as making a “spirited effort” to land the Yankees’ starting catcher. Heyman speculates that Pittsburgh may make the high offer for Martin somewhere in the three year, $25 million range, which is both at the low end of the speculated range for Martin’s contract that’s been batted around recently, and easily less than what Martin is reportedly seeking. Heyman also reports that the Yankees haven’t approached that figure in their offers yet.…

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Wil Myers Could Be Heading To The AL East

We’ve already witnessed the Blue Jays go from an average team to a playoff contender in the matter of one day, and now we’re hearing that the Royals want to drop their top prospect in the AL East. They’ve traded for Ervin Santana and signed Jeremy Guthrie already, but they’re still...

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One more year for the boys

We have already heard that Mariano Rivera is coming back for another go at it. Andy Pettitte seems on his way back as well. Derek Jeter is mending in Tampa and is said to be on target for the start of the season or soon after. For Yankee fans and baseball fans, the inevitable has been pushed back one more time. It looks like the old guys are going to work together at least one more time.

For any fan that has been born since 1990, a Yankees team without Rivera and Jeter has never been known. For those of us born any time before 1990, memories of Yankee teams without these players seem like the remote past. The internal fan inside us hold on to the championships already on the books with these players. And when the team hasn’t finished on top of the heap, there has never been a season when the team did not compete near the top or almost get there.…

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Phillies catcher Ruiz suspended for a positive drug test

I realize it’s not Yankees news but here’s the statement from Major League Baseball Carlos Ruiz’s suspension:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has received a 25-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Ruiz is effective at the start of the 2013 regular season. He will be eligible to participate in Spring Training, including in Spring Training games.

Some people were surprised to find out that the suspensions vary according to the drug found in your system. Since Ruiz tested positive for Amphetamines and not steroids, his suspension is only 25 games. Still, it’s not a good situation for him or the Phillies.

33-year-old Ruiz batted .325/.394/.540/.935 in 114 games for the Phillies in 2012.

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