Pettitte to the Yankees

This is why it’s a sucker’s game to follow the offseason rumor mill:

The New York Yankees and Andy Pettitte are close on a deal that will bring the veteran left-hander back for a year, Major League Baseball sources told Buster Olney on Monday.

The deal, sources told Olney, could be done as soon as Monday afternoon. It would pay Pettitte nearly $6 million, with incentives that could make it worth as much as $12 million.

Pfun Pfact! Barring any other major signings, Pettitte will now be the 12th highest paid Yankee in 2009, coming just behind Robinson Cano and just ahead of Xavier Nady.

Anyway, I’d venture a guess that there were approximately 576 articles written about this song and dance over the past three months, with the majority of them talking about how poisonous the relationship had become between the player and the team. All of that’s out the window now. For his part, Pettitte’s misreading of the market early in the offseason probably cost him several million dollars, but he has made so much money over the years that he won’t miss it.

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  1. YankeesfanLen said...

    I knew….I knew…I knew that Andy would be back!  Who but the beloved Yankees would pay even $5.5M for Mr. Fiddley Fart who has never left a man at first base without a least 2 pick-off attempts that never work?
    By extending each start by 30 minutes, making them 3 1/2 hour games, think of the extra concessions sold (he never makes it past the 6th and beer sales are still allowed) and the 17 extra commercials on YES and Yankees radio.
    He really keeps them glued to their seats.

  2. Jason @ IIATMS said...

    Tim Dierkes would like to that that sucker’s game for allowing him to quick his REAL job and create a site that is solely dedicated to the suckers following that suckers game.

    damn him

  3. Craig Calcaterra said...

    You know, I was going to write “except for Dierkes” in that line, but got distracted and then forgot to put it in there.  Tim is certainly not a sucker.

  4. Tim Dierkes said...

    Thanks.  Regarding Pettitte, having followed it closely, I didn’t see much written about a poisonous relationship.  The general vibe the past few months was that most expected him to re-sign eventually and for the Yanks not to overpay.  Sometimes it can be wildly wrong, but I’d say the rumor mill completely nailed this one.

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