Rumors: Yankees Willing to Give Pettitte a Raise to Comeback 41

Via Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated:

Yankees willing to give Pettitte raise to $12-to-13 mil. What’s taking him so long? Does he want more $? Is he an MLB Favre?

The way you could read this is that the Yankees want Andy Pettitte back. They’re willing to give him a raise, but they don’t want to shoot themselves in the foot and tell Pettitte that they’re willing to give him $16 million if he’ll settle for $13 million. Realistically though, they’ll give him whatever he wants to come back. To me $16 to $18 million is not out of the question.

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41 thoughts on “Rumors: Yankees Willing to Give Pettitte a Raise to Comeback

  • Franco Kotos

    this is not a championship year for the Yankees…they should not go overboard with Pettite…a lot of things would have to go right for the Yankees to get back to the World Series…the have a great core of pitchers coming up in 1 or 2 years and a few hitters who could become all stars…the next generation could be the best we've seen in a long long time…

  • Rob Abruzzese Post author

    They were 2 wins away from the World Series last year. Why are they so far away now? It's nearly the same team. Was Javier Vazquez that important?

  • Franco Kotos

    The Yankees got the Twins in the first round, a team that had been reeling almost as bad as the Yankees…they do not have the pitching to make it far in the playoffs and the lack of clutch hitting is a problem…when the 2010 team came out minus Melky, Damon and Matsui, they lost 3 of the best clutch hitters on the team…the Yankees now look more like the 2004-2008 Yankees, possibly worse…a lot of mixed up talent in transition…Boston is better positioned to take the East, the Yankees need to re-tool for the future and Pettite is not in the plans…maybe Jeter rebounds, maybe the new catcher works out…Ivan Nova could win 15 games, AJ could reverse his curse, Hughes might pitch like he did during the first 2.5 months but the Yankees have a lot of holes and Cashman does not want to spend $$$ for the 2011 season…the prospects are the Yankees future…

  • Franco Kotos

    Damon, Melky and Matsui were big difference makers in 2009…there's no telling what the Yankees would have done in 2010 had they kept those 3 but imo, losing those men had a significant impact on the team and it changed the chemistry…what I am saying is that the Yankees are in transition, they have probably the best pitching prospects in baseball and are probably 2-3 years away from potentially having a dominant staff…if Montero converts to an outfield position and if Sanchez pans out, we may be looking at a core group of players that could conceivably dominate for 10 years…this 2011 team is an admixture…they should be able to compete and make the playoffs probably via a wild card berth but they do not have the horses to go the distance imo…if I'm wrong, come back and tell me so!

  • Rob Abruzzese Post author

    Getting to the playoffs is the most important thing. What happens there is a crap shoot.

    It's funny to think that three bad defenders who had an .671 OPS, an .820 OPS, and a .756 OPS meant that much. If Pettitte returned they'd have the same rotation -a mediocre Joba and Chad Gaudin. The rotation isn't much different and the offense could potentially be just as good.

    Don't buy into this obscene idea that just because the Yankees missed out on Cliff Lee that they have no chance.

  • Franco Kotos

    Although anything can happen once the playoffs begin, the teams with dominant pitching staffs stand a better chance…the x factor here is the Boston Red Sox's…injuries kept the Sox's to 89 wins in 2010…the Red Sox's are in a good position to win the division…Cliff Lee would have been a short term answer at an enormous cost…if the rotation pitches like they did in the 2nd half of 2010, the Yankees won't come close to competing with the Sox's…Yankee fans are hoping on a change of fortune for AJ and Hughes who struggled in the 2nd half and keeping their fingers crossed that Nova can hold down the 5th spot…sometimes even Yankee fans need to take off their rose colored glasses…

  • Susan

    That's right. I am never against dumping an old player that is no longer productive. I wish they would do it more often.

  • Susan

    I don’t miss Melky in the least. I liked Damon and Matsui but both were horrible outfielders. We can only have some many DHs.

  • pugmac

    I am a life long yankee fan. I have been with them thick or thind. i say go with the kids they look like they will be super in a couple years. I hope Cashman does not trade for someone like Blanton. I think we will be ok this year not super on paper. However lets play and see what happens. Injurys are the key for any team. go yankees Mantle was the best

  • C.A.P.P

    Re-sign Pettitte, at reasonable cost, 10-15USM. Another good arm for pen & a bench outfield bat. Pressure will be on sox & phillies. My money is that CC, Andy, Hughes, Burnett and Nova plus the B's or Phelps (love that guy) will be the best rotation in baseball. Nothing like having the most succesfull franchise in US start a season with a very competitive roster and without the tag of favorite. These guys know how to win!

  • Franco Kotos

    I don't want the Philadelphia Phillies cast-offs…Blanton is a meatball pitcher that's had some success in a weak NL division…he'd get clobbered in the AL East…

  • Franco Kotos

    don't forget about Adam Warren…he's an impressive pitcher with a fastball in the mid 90's…he will likely start out at Trenton due to the logjam in Scranton…

  • Amanda

    So many people have annoited Boston because of their new players but if you compare their stats to the players they replaced Adrian / Adrian and Martinez / Crawford you will see an upgrade but a very little upgrade. The Yankees have consistancy from 2010 to 2011. Nick Johnson was a crap shoot that didn’t pan out. I like the move of Posada to DH. Keep him healthy and keep his bat strong and in the lineup. I predict a breakout year for Granderson and another good year from Cano.

  • Franco Kotos

    any thoughts on what the Yankees should do with Jesus Montero? keep developing him at AAA as a catcher, shift him to an outfield position at AAA, trade him for a starter mid year? I'm hoping he has enough athleticism to convert to a corner outfield position…he's got a rocket arm…

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