New develops in Pettittewatch 2011

According to a person with “knowledge of Pettitte’s thinking,” there is little chance the lefty returns for the 2011 season. This omniscient bastard says there is a 30% chance Pettitte pitches next season and there is a “very real possibility he retires.”

I call foul. I think this is just a move to gain leverage in potential contract negotiations. Pettitte knows that Cashman has been unable to land a big-name pitcher and is prepared to go with the current rotation of CC, AJ, Philthy, SuperNova and Sergio Mitre. If the 38-year-old plays hard to get with a team in dire need of starting pitching he could probably juice said team for a few extra million in his deal. I think it’s a crafty move and I can’t say I’d play it much differently if I was in his shoes. From one Andy to another: touche good sir.

I really do hope he returns, but I don’t know how his body would hold up if he did. He’ll be 39 in June and got hurt in July last season. He was filthy up until his injury (groin) though. I think he should give it one more run. Why not?

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Other news:

  • The Yanks signed their old friend Luis Vizcaino to a minor-league deal. Much like Prior, the righty reliever will earn $750,000 if he makes the roster this season. Luis hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2009 but has been filthy in the Dominican League this winter.
  • One reason that the Yanks didn’t make a move for Zack Greinke is because the Royals reportedly wanted Montero, Nunez AND either ManBan or Betances. The Yanks, understandably, thought that was too steep a price for a pitcher that might not be able to handle NY. Plus they didn’t want to give away so much young talent for a pitcher with only two more years left on his contract.

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  • mammerman

    While the Yanks did miss out on Lee and passed on Greinke, I do think Pettitte has become a major focus but the Yanks also need to look at their other options. Granted Pettitte will be 39 but the man is a workhorse and easily one of the most reliable started in this era, regular season and post season. Bringing back Pettitte will fill a major gap until he’s really ready to retire and Nova, Brackman, and Banuelos are ready to go.

    The Yanks should seriously consider (and I don’t understand why they don’t) Brandon Webb & Ben Sheets. Both former #1 starters who won’t have that front end pressure and can easily work their way back into dominance as 3, 4 guys in the rotation. With a one year deal, they can’t lose too much. People do tend to forget despite a bad year with the lowly A’s, Sheets still throws gas and did start the ASG in Yankee Stadium 2 years ago.

    • Andrew Corselli

      Yeah, I hope the Killer Bs will be ready by 2012. That would be great for the rotation. I can’t wait to watch them in the big leagues, I just hope they live up to the hype.

      Also, I completely agree about Sheets and Webb. No question they should look at those two guys. They could sign them to an incentive-laden deal and take a low-risk shot. Why not?