January 24, 2009

Pettitte, Yanks continue talking

The front-runner for the fifth spot in the rotation is Andy Pettitte, who has continued to talk with the Yankees all winter.  The Yankees have offered Pettitte a one-year, $10.5 million deal, but the lefty does not want to take a pay cut.  His 2008 salary was $16 million.

This may seem like a continuation to my previous post about Pettite, but I have really had it with Pettitte now.  This is the most absurd thing I have ever heard out of Pettitte.  This is a guy who has admitted to taking HGH.  He is known for his character, and now he won't accept over $10 million a year?  

"The veteral left-hander said repeatedly last year that he wanted to be in uniform when the Yankees officially complete their move across the street to the new Yankee Stadium, and has said that he does not see himself pitching in another uniform." - MLB.com's Bryan Hoch

Now I know why Pettitte keeps on saying he wants to stay in pinstripes.  If he tried to sign with another team, he wouldn't even be offered $5 million per year.  The Yankees are the only team that will give him seven figures.

I always have thought of Pettitte as one who wouldn't care about the money.  Now I don't even think his number is worth retiring in monument park.

Whenever I hear of players asking for rediculous contracts, I always think of Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs.  One of the only players I know who would take less money than the team offered him to allow the team to pursue other free agents.

Andy, may I please ask you: when did you lose all of that class that you had? 

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