Pettitte will receive entire $2.5M salary this year

RISP: Where Yanks big guns go to die
Game 35: Raining In B'more

Via the AP, we have the details of the minor league contract Andy Pettitte signed with the Yankees in Spring Training. His base salary is $2M but the pro-rated portion is just a hair over $1.57M. He’ll receive $500k bonuses for making one start and spending five days on the active roster and $250k bonuses for his second start, his third start, and for spending ten days on the roster. The contract value is capped is $2.5M though, and that’s what Andy will receive come Thursday. Got it? Good.

While on the subject, make sure you check out my FanGraphs post on Pettitte’s return. He had trouble getting his cut-fastball in the righties and I’m hopefully that’s just a product of rust. Busting righties with the cutter has been a Pettitte trademark for more than a decade.

RISP: Where Yanks big guns go to die
Game 35: Raining In B'more
  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    With Mo on the DL, the Yanks’ 25 man payroll is now at a pretty reasonable $171MM.

    • Rich in NJ

      Unless they are willing to significantly add to it in an attempt to improve the team, I’m not sure why that matters. OTOH, they are locked in at the spots that need the most supplementation.

      • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

        I just thought it was interesting that they were playing with a much smaller payroll than they have in the past. Just imagine if they didn’t have the ridiculous Soriano contract.

  • A.D.

    Basically he’s earned 2.57M, but can only collect 2.5M of it due to the cap.

    Wayy better than the ~1M/start Clemens got in 2007

    • CBR

      Remember, Ca$hman originally offered Andy $10M to pitch this year.

  • RetroRob

    I caught the replay. Normally don’t watch games I know the Yankees lost, but was curious to see how Pettitte looked.

    I agree. I think it’s rust. I was encouraged by what I saw, averaging 88 and hitting 90. That’s a little more pop than I was expecting based on what I was hearing from his minor league starts. That’s right where he was in April 2010, adding some additional pop as the season progressed. Mixed his pitches well, worked quickly, low pitch count. He also did a vintage Pettitte hire wire act in the 6th, working out of a bases-loaded jam. The one thing he was missing was command a little more movement on his cutter. That is key, but I can’t see why he would lose his cutter when his arm strength is there. It might take a few starts, but it should come.