As Penny signs, Dodgers and Rangers express interest in Pettitte

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In a rather lengthy piece focusing on the lack of job offers for Jason Varitek or Ivan Rodriguez, Nick Cafardo notes that the Dodgers and Rangers are interested in Andy Pettitte. We’ve heard these rumors before, and Pettitte has continually said that he’ll play for only the Yankees. However, if Pettitte and the Yanks don’t come to terms, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the lefty land elsewhere. This all may just be a negotiating ploy in an effort to get the Yanks to up the team’s offer though.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox are close to a one-year deal with Brad Penny. The contract is reportedly for one year and with a base salary of $5 million and $3 million in incentives. When healthy, Penny, a career NLer, can be a top pitcher, but he had an injury-plagued 2008. It’s a low-risk signing for the Red Sox and may encourage Pettitte to reevaluate the Yanks’ $10 million offer.

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The multi-million-dollar rotation
  • GG

    Neither of those teams would pay more than the ten per for pettitte….carfado is the worst, ushually articles are primarily fact with a little speculation, with that guy its ushually mostly speculative. why he is well respected or seemingly well respected I dont know

    • Mike Pop

      But now would a multi-year deal entice him? I think as of right now unless he goes to the Cubs, Mets, or Phillies. His best chance to get to the world series is here where he belongs. Isnt 10 million worth that.

  • Mike Pop

    Hmmmmm. What if Pettitte now says: Well Penny is getting 5 mill but your only giving me 10? Im worth more than that.
    Cashman would be like: take the offer or take a hike biatch!

    • http://www.ilikemygirls.com Billy Beane

      i don’t think it works that way. it’s hard to argue “hey! i’m worth double that guy.”

      however, if lowe signs for 12 per year–pettitte can say that he’s worth at least 12.

      • Joey H

        I don’t think Pettitte’s production will match Lowe’s production.

        • Mike Pop

          As it should’nt. Lowe should earn around 15 a year while Pettitte should gain around 7 or 8 but the Yankees are giving him that extra 2 because they “love” him.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    They should both go to 12 and cut the crap. Otherwise let’s go with a platoon of other pitchers but let’s put this whole Pettite drama to rest.

    • Ryan S.

      No. Pettitte needs to accept that $10M offer or take a hike. He’s not worth anything more than being offered to him, which is still pretty damn generous.

      • Mike Pop

        In reality he is probably only worth 7 or 8. But we love him and his schnozola so we want him back

  • Balls Deep

    give him 10M with incentives to get to $14M… otherwise tell him to take his thankless ass to LA or back home; and sign another pitcher.

  • Jay CT

    Mike Pop, go back to the football post and scroll down about half way. I am really interested to hear your response to my post about the Cowboys. I am curious what your thoughts are as you seem to know your stuff, although I think the only thing I would agree with you about really is that Ware is top 3 if not the best defensive player in the game, and that Romo is a damn good QB, much better then he gets credit for.

    • Ryan S.

      Romo is a great fantasy football QB, but that’s about it. Until he proves me wrong and wins some big games, that’s all he’ll ever be.

      • GG

        romo is more into being a celeb than a quality football player

        • Mike Pop

          Hey listen up you assholes. If Im not mistaken it took Eli 4 years to win a playoff game right? Romo’s next year would be year number 4. Don’t act like Eli is god and Romo sucks. Romo so far in his career has been better than Eli was his first 3 years. You act like Eli is a god among men. Shit it took Peyton till his 5th playoff game to win one. You guys act like Romo is the biggest bum. He’s a gunslinger and tries to make plays. I do not blame him at all for the loss against you guys last year in the playoffs. I blame that loss on #84 Patrick Crayton. He makes that catch where he cut across the field, thats a TD and we win that ballgame and your magical run never happens. He’s played 2 playoff games and lost them but hes some kind of stupid fucken choker? Thats hogwash to me. That is his expectations because he is QB of America’s team. He is expected to win the big games while on other teams it is okay to lose the game. Drew Brees has won 1 out of 3 and he was not all that impressive in the one he won.

          Now I am not comparing Romo to Peyton, its just that everyone calls Romo a choker its bullshit. Tonight’s game was over before he dropped those balls. Tonights game was over at half-time and was before the pick. Could he of played better? Yes but we gave up ridiculous points anyway and the D looked horrid. Your not assholes it’s just that I hate the Romo hate. The guy has came in and done nothing but put up numbers and has been to 2 pro-bowls. He is a great QB and I dont care if you think otherwise. If people actually think that Romo is the Cowboy’s problems and he needs to be replaced because he is the reason we are not successfull come late in the season and the 2 playoff games. You are completely wrong about that and know nothing about football.

          I still want him as my QB, I just need a coach who flips out and runs shit like Parcells did. I love Wade but way too easy going

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

            Calm down. It’s ok.

            • Mike Pop

              I apologize. I just hate the hate. Not just from this blog but others and people at work. The game sucked ass, I was stoked for it but it was probably one of the worst sports days of my life. Not up there with 04 or 07 but it sucked for me.

              • Ryan S.

                Its your team (sniffle sniffle) your quarterback (sniffle) and if you do that, its not fair!

                Sorry pop, you kinda reminded me of someone else there.

                • Mike Pop

                  I like how you completely ignored the comparisons because you know I am right about that part. That is the reason you had to bring up TO there. I know it sounded gay for others but for Cowboys fans, shit was deep.

                • Nady Nation

                  I really don’t see how you can absolve Romo of any fault for yesterday’s loss. You want to bust out all the stats and his 2 pro bowl appearances to talk about how great he is, yet his 21-39/140 yds/0 tds/3 turnover stat line in a game with your season on the line is to be ignored and thrown out the window? I’m not at all saying the game was totally his fault, nor was the loss mostly on his shoulders. But he certianly deserves a fair share of blame, being that he is the QB. Also, you’re getting awfully defensive about Romo. Everyone knows he is a talented player and no one has said that he sucks, but the “hate” comes from the fact that he has not played well in the biggest games of his career. That really isn’t up for debate at this point, it’s simple fact. Until he starts to lift his team on his back, or at least play consistently well in December/January, you’re gonna have to suck it up and deal with the “hate” – unfortunately it comes with the territory of being a Cowboy fan.

                • Mike Pop

                  Hmmm really? Were his December games that big? I think he had one big December game and that was yesterday. All his other games he was locked in the Playoff spots. He has 2 playoff games to his record. Has only throw 1 pick and his numbers are not that bad as people make them out to be in the playoffs. But w.e you always love getting at me about them/him. I dont believe Im getting “awfully” defensive, I am just stating facts like you did.

                  You did not hear everything I heard yesterday about this guy on this blog and another Cowboy blog I go on. Also what I heard from friends/people at work. That is where the “hate” comes from that I am tired of.

                  Fine yesterday was a bit of his fault but by the time he was fucking up we were down by 3 TD’s. We were not coming back to win that game, we had no chance.

    • Mike Pop

      Im headed there now

  • Mike Pop

    Andy wouldnt go to the Rangers anyways

  • Manimal

    We should have offered Arbitration.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Nah. No reason to. At this point, he clearly would have accepted, and the Yanks would be on the hook for at least $16 million and probably more.

      • Manimal

        It would have eliminated this whole mess. Would it have been 16 million?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          It’s only a mess because we, the media and fans are making it out to be one. I doubt Pettitte and the Yanks think it’s a mess.

          Anyway, to answer your question, in the history of arbitration never has a player been awarded a salary less than what he made the year before. It wasn’t about to happen with Pettitte.

          • Mike Pop

            Ben, did you get my e-mail ?

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

              I did. You’ll see the post on it right here.

              • Mike Pop

                Nice, you just got another vote for blogger of the year in my book.

  • Manimal

    Wait a second, does that allow the Sox to trade for Salty?

    • Mike Pop

      No that would be silly. Eh Penny, he’s okay but hes no CC, AJ, or Teixieria !!!! and would allow a team to trade a good prospect for another need.

      • Manimal

        Before the trade, Buccholz was lined up as the 5th starter. They could put penny as the number 5 guy then trade bucky. I know he’s no CC or AJ but we are talking about a number 5 starter.

        • Mike Pop

          A number 5 who has the potential to be a number 1. Why deal that? Its like us dealing Joba.

          • Mike Pop

            I for one would love for them to deal Buchholz to Texas for Salty. But I would love to get my hands on some Salty too but not at the expense of Hughes.

  • Matt M

    OH GOD NO!!!!

    please. i hope they dont sign penny, i dont want to deal with the espn reactions after his first decent start about how the ‘little engine that could’ managed such a shrewd, gritty selection

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Here’s a hint if you don’t want to deal with it: Don’t watch ESPN.

      When did Yankee fans get so paranoid/insecure over ESPN coverage of the Red Sox anyway?

    • Mike Pop

      If Penny wins 8 games, the Red Sox propaganda machine will say its a great signing, its just something we have to deal with.

      • RustyJohn

        Right now I’d be content knowing two of Boston’s rotation spots are filled with Penny and Wakefield, and hope Beckett is on whatever diet Kirstie Alley was on prior to Jenny Craig.

        • Mike Pop

          Heh, they still might be the favorites though