One Thing

Not to be a wet blanket but we (those Yanks fans who are excited) should realize one thing. This deal is not yet finished until Pettitte passes his physical. He’s had elbow problems the last few years and this is a lot of money on the line. I’m not trying to jinx the process, but I guess I wouldn’t be too surprised if, in ten days, we’re singing a different tune.

My friends say I’m depressing. Have a good Friday night.

16 comments… add one
  • Not to pat ourselves on the back too much, but I notice that not many Sox fans have made an issue of the amount of money that an aging, personality-less health risk got from the More Evil Empire, as might have been expected by many of the YFs posting here.
    See, we do learn!

    SF December 8, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • The deal includes a $16 million player option for 2008, meaning Pettitte is guaranteed $32 million if he exercises the option. His agent, Randy Hendricks, said Pettitte would not exercise the option if he were hurt and unable to play.
    This deal is realistically a 2/32M deal, not a “one year deal” as it is being portrayed by the press. That’s offered without comment.

    SF December 8, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • In this market, it makes all the people that bitched about the DM bid (+ contract later) a little silly. Me included. =)
    Is there a buyout on the second year?

    Lar December 8, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • No buyout from what I have read – just that Pettitte will do the foolish gentlemanly thing and not exercise the option if he is an invalid this year, at leat that’s what was expressed by his agent Randy Hendricks. So take that for what it’s worth.

    SF December 8, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • Does this deal have luxury tax implications? If it’s taxed, isn’t the real deal Pettitte for nearly $20M per? Anyone know?

    SF December 8, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • I don’t see why it wouldn’t.. but that’s implied.
    Unless somehow the Yanks lose enough salary.. but that’s unlikely.

    Lar December 8, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • i am okay with this deal. Not the Andy of the 90’s but a good lefty with all the confidence he can muster in the bronx. I’m not gonna be shooting myself in the foot until he does. Certainly more backing power than the Astros of late, and it will hopefully translate to a better loss record at least.

    ansky December 9, 2006, 12:02 am
  • Cashman would get some deserved heat if he let Lilly head to Chicago and Pettitte fails the physical. Especially, when most Yankee fans here and other sites, have pointed out that Lilly was the better option anyhow. Equal numbers, better divison, and great numbers against the Red Sox.
    Also, I was thinking today about something while listening to the two idiots on the fan: why did the Yankees let Dotel walk? Why pay him last year to rehab? What is it with paying to rehab guys all year, and letting them walk when they’re healthy and ready to go? Dotel would have been a great guy, if healthy, to have in the bullpen?
    Did he want to be closer or something? I haven’t heard much., but it’s weird to me.

    Brad December 9, 2006, 12:38 am
  • Brad, Dotel did want to be a closer, though surprisingly enough, I’m sure the Royals’ offer ended up also being top-dollar. Royals money-whipping two pitchers…amazing.

    Quo December 9, 2006, 12:57 am
  • They apparently offered $5M guaranteed, versus other offers of just $3M, much like the Gagne negotiations, it seems.
    If the Sox don’t get Gagne, I am fearful that in 2007 the Sox will waste an excellent rotation and one of the deepest lineups in years because we have no one to nail down games…

    Paul SF December 9, 2006, 1:10 am
  • Well…bad news…the LA Times says Boston’s no longer interested in him. (At the bottom) Looks to me like Crisp or Pena will probably be on their way out for bullpen help…

    desturbd1 December 9, 2006, 1:27 am
  • It does seem like there’s no room for one of them which is sad because I like both. Pena’s upside is more exciting than Crisp’s, but Crisp is a pretty proven commodity, last year aside. Hard to say which I’d rather see stay if I had to choose.
    Who needs a bat bad enough to trade good pitching, though? Especially a closer?

    Paul SF December 9, 2006, 1:36 am
  • That I don’t know. But they have to do something…
    Someone on another board I saw said the White Sox were supposedly shopping Mike MacDougall, who just signed a 3-year deal, but that sounds like a pipe-dream to me. Maybe Theo will realize his…fairly enormous mistake and try to resign Riske? Not to close, mind you…just to add depth. After that…I don’t have any ideas…

    desturbd1 December 9, 2006, 1:52 am
  • It’s scary when your best options for closer are Mike Timlin and Hideki Okajima — and that’s after most of the free agents have signed. Either could do a great job. Or either could have the Sox in third place by June.

    Paul SF December 9, 2006, 2:04 am
  • Or, they keep Papelbon there for half a year, and then slowly work him back into the mix.
    I’m sure they have some kind of plan for the situation.

    Brad December 9, 2006, 10:03 am
  • …rich garces?…byung-hyun kim?…bueller?…

    dc December 9, 2006, 10:07 pm

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