Via Jack Curry -
Before the Yankees ended their disappointing 2008 season, Andy Pettitte toured the new Yankee Stadium. While he was in the spacious clubhouse, he picked out the locker that he said he wanted to use in 2009.
Whether or not Pettitte will ever hang a pinstriped uniform in that locker is still uncertain. The pitching-needy Yankees want to re-sign Pettitte, and Pettitte reiterated Wednesday that he wanted to return, but the two sides are at a stalemate over his salary.
“I mean, to tell you the truth, like I’ve told you all a hundred times, I’ve made it loud and clear where I’d like to play at,” Pettitte, 36, said in a telephone interview. “I’m just basically sitting here letting my agents do their job really.”
What Randy and Alan Hendricks, Pettitte’s agents, are trying to do is to make sure their client avoids a pay cut. Pettitte made $16 million last season, one of the highest salaries in the major leagues for a pitcher, and his agents have stressed that he wants the same salary. The Yankees have offered Pettitte $10 million, and they seemingly have no immediate plans to improve their offer.
“We’d like to have him back,” General Manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday. “It’s come to the arena of trying to achieve common ground on money, which is easier said than done.”
When Pettitte was asked about possibly accepting a pay cut to come back, he dodged the topic.
“Again, for me to even talk about anything right now, it does no good,” Pettitte said. “I really don’t even want to talk about it or anything, as far as what that has to do with me and all that. I’m just letting Randy and Alan and the Yankees work things out. I’m basically just trying to enjoy my off-season with my family, and that’s it.”
The Yankees paid Carl Pavano $10 million a year to “pitch” for them. The Cubs recently signed Ryan Dempster to a contract that will average $13 million a season to throw for them.
There’s no way that Andy Pettitte should be expected to sign for $10 million a year now (from the Yankees). When you factor in his buyout, the Yankees paid Mike Mussina $12 million last season to pitch for them. And, now, Pettitte’s supposed to take ten? Thirteen or fourteen million would be a fair offer, in my opinion. But, ten?
Sounds like Andy’s getting the Post-2007 Joe Torre “employment offer” package from the Yanks, if you ask me…and it would not shock me to see him end up going west, like Torre did, if New York sticks to their offer.