Tag:Andy Pettitte
Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:26 pm

Yankees to keep Chamberlain in the bullpen

Joba Chamberlain The Yankees "paid a price" for waiting on Cliff Lee, general manager Brian Cashman told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger , as the team is still looking for a starter (or two) to round out its rotation.

"There's not much available, to be quite honest," Cashman said.

The Yankees have requested the medical records of Freddy Garcia. The team apparently isn't interested in Brandon Webb, but Cashman wouldn't comment either way.

"Bottom line is there is a price to pay for waiting for Cliff Lee," Cashman said. "Now, part of that price is definitely going to be loss of previous opportunities that [existed]. At the same time, now it's going to have to be some patience. Now it's going to be a steeper mountain to climb, which is fine, because we can climb it. Steeper meaning it's going to take a longer way to get there. IT's a harder road to travel. That's OK. You can still get there."

One person the team won't consider in the rotation is Joba Chamberlain, who battled for a rotation spot last spring and then spent all of 2010 in the bullpen.

"His stuff plays so much more significantly out of the pen," Cashman said. "We've given him the opportunity to show what he can do out of the rotation and the velocity dropped. It's just not the same stuff."

Cashman has repeatedly said he's moving on as if left-hander Andy Pettitte will indeed retire. That means their current rotation is CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and then whoever else is ready, likely Ivan Nova.

In addition to starting help, New York is also searching for right-handed bullpen help, a right-handed hitting outfielder and a utility player.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 3:26 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:48 am

Yankees unlikely to trade for pitching

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman isn't thrilled about the prospect of heading into the season with two unproven starters. But he's not thrilled with the alternatives, either.

"Could I go out and get a starter? Yes, I could. But there's just not much out there," Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. "I have March, April, May, June and July, really, to come up with someone."

The only top-tier starter left on the free agent market is Carl Pavano, but there's zero chance he returns to the Bronx. Andy Pettitte is still undecided on retirement, and Cashman said he's "not waiting for him."

So at the moment, the Yankees' rotation includes CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and some combination of prospects. Ivan Nova seems likeliest to get a spot, but he's the only option with any big-league experience. Still, Cashman isn't panicking, and said he's not planning on trading away top catching prospect Jesus Montero for pitching.

"There's just nobody out there I would consider trading Montero for," he said. "In the past, we might have gone out and traded away prospects just to get someone in here. But realistically, I have until July to get this solved."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:17 pm

Rivera recruiting Pettitte to return

Mariano Rivera How about a call from the bullpen?

That's what Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is planning to do to try to convince teammate Andy Pettitte to return to New York.

"I might try to reach him soon," Rivera told Newsday 's Erik Boland . "I want to hear what he's doing, what he wants to do. If he wants to continue playing, then I think we have a good shot."

Rivera noted even if the answer from Pettitte is that the left-hander is leaning toward retirement, the closer may try to convince him to take one last shot with the Yankees.

Already spurned by one left-hander, Cliff Lee, the Yankees' rotation would gain a bump by the return of Pettitte, who was 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts last season. Since returning to the Yankees from Houston for the 2007 season, Pettitte has gone 54-34 with a 4.08 ERA.

Pettitte will be 39 in June and has won 240 games in his 16 seasons -- 13 of those in pinstripes.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 14, 2010 6:07 pm

Where do Yankees go from here?

Zambrano Now that the Yankees have lost out on Cliff Lee, who could the club go after?

Well, for starters, the club has agreed to a minor-league contract with Mark Prior. Who knows, it could work out. But probably not.

Good thing there's always Andy Pettitte. The Yankees could up their offer to entice him out of retirement, but even with Pettitte, the Yankees are seeking a strong option for the rotation. Right now, it would be comprised of CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and... who knows, maybe Sergio Mitre?

Carl Pavano is the only starter left on the market that fits the bill. Any other starter would fill in at the back of the rotation, while Pavano would make a strong case to be the No. 3. One problem: The Yankees and the fans have already had their fill of Pavano. However, New York did give Javier Vazquez a second try, so you never know.

Other options reside in trade. There's obviously Zack Greinke, but there are too many reports that New York doesn't have what it takes to acquire Greinke, plus there's far too many questions on whether Greinke would even want to pitch in New York, nevermind if he could.

Other trade options include the White Sox and Gavin Floyd as the club has been willing to listen on the righty. You can bet the ChiSox would also love to listen to deals involving Edwin Jackson as Jackson was only acquired in a desperate gambit to land Adam Dunn from Washington in what remains a curious decision from the Nats in passing. However, is Jackson better than what's left on the free agent market sans Pavano? Mmm... probably not.

The name of Ricky Nolasco is also making the rounds, but Florida has said it has no plans to move Nolasco even with the two sides struggling to agree to a contract extension.

Perhaps the Cubs could be enticed to part with Carlos Zambrano (pictured). It's no secret the two sides are tired of each other, but Big Z has a hefty contract and blew away the competition near the end of 2010, so would require a strong package in return. Still, the Yankees have the money and perhaps the will to pry Zambrano away.

Past that, the Yankees could come calling for Matt Garza or James Shields, although the Rays may not want to deal within the division. Jesus Montero may be enough to change their minds.

Another option New York has is to slot in with an average pitcher and wait until 2012 to make their move for a top starter.

Problem: Unless Philadelphia declines Roy Oswalt's 2012 option, the best starter on the market is C.J. Wilson. And granted, if Wilson repeats his 2010 season, he'll be an enticing name. But that should tell you all there is to know about 2012's free-agent market.

Except there's one very important person in the Pacific that will be posted and could make major waves.

That's Yu Darvish, who has opted to stay in Japan one more season but has essentially conceded he is headed east for 2012. The Yankees -- as well as any other team -- would love to get Darvish's services, and you can bet New York will be hot to trot after the righty.

But so will any number of teams such as Washington and the Angels, so Darvish to the Yankees isn't quite a sure thing. And no, simply expecting New York to outbid everyone in the posting process is not a sure thing. For one, the Red Sox blew the Yankees away for Daisuke Matsuzaka. And second, the Oakland A's not agreeing to terms with Hisashi Iwakuma in what some believe was a gambit to keep him away from the Rangers underscored a flaw in the posting system. That is, you can bid any amount for the player but do not have to pay the fee if no terms are agreed to.

What's stopping Boston from bidding an outrageous $100 million fee (double Matsuzaka's fee) and then just simply letting him walk away?

This much is clear: the Yankees have a lot on their hands to build their rotation now that the Cliff Lee saga has ended.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 14, 2010 9:17 am
Edited on: December 14, 2010 10:50 am

Winners and losers in Lee aftermath

Cliff Lee What in the world of Mike Cuellar is going on?

By adding Cliff Lee to the already-potent Roy Halladay-Roy Oswalt-Cole Hamels top of the rotation, the Phillies potentially have the best top of the rotation since the Orioles had four 20-game winners in 1971 with Cuellar, Pat Dobson, Jim Palmer and Dave McNally.

It's certainly the best rotation since the mid-90s Braves that featured Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, followed by someone like Steve Avery or Denny Neagle.

The bad news for the Phillies is that it wasn't starting pitching that let them down in October. It was not scoring enough runs against quality starting pitching from the Giants.

As for the offense, how has that changed? Jayson Werth, the team's best offensive player last season, is gone. Raul Ibanez and Placido Polanco are a year older -- and Jimmy Rollins seems to age two years for every year nowadays. He's not been the same player the last two years that he was before. There are also emerging questions about Chase Utley. And then there's Ryan Howard, who is still imposing in the lineup, but suddenly looks less protect and reminds people that he's 31 with fewer home runs than the year before in each of the last two seasons.

Still, ask most teams and they'd take their chances with Howard, Utley, Polanco and even roll the dice on whether Rollins will be happy, as long as they're behind a starting rotation for the ages, like the Phillies have accumulated.

The Phillies are the clear winner in this whole deal. Because even if there are chinks in the armor, it's still one heck of a suit of armor -- especially the sleeves.

For the Yankees, Andy Pettitte becomes that much more important to the Yankees. Pettitte has reportedly been mulling retirement, but is crucial to the team's rotation going forward. And if you think the Yankees feel bad about these developments, let's think about how the Mets feel having to be in the same division as Lee, Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels.

The Rangers, on other hand, were right all along. They could offer Lee comfort the Yankees couldn't match, and something he obviously valued in the end. However, the Phillies offered not only the pillow top mattress, but one he'd slept like a baby in before.

Texas also has a World Series-type team, but one without an ace. The Rangers weren't serious contenders until they pulled Lee from the Mariners last season, and now they're faced with the same problem months later.

The rivalry between New York and Boston means any time the Yankees lose, the Red Sox win and vice versa. The Red Sox, who have added Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez are better (no matter what Evan says ), and the Yankees aren't as good as expected -- so the Sox win.

The biggest winner in all this -- besides the Phillies and Lee -- could be the Royals. Kansas City is dangling a bona fide No. 1 starter in Zack Greinke. And don't think Andrew Friedman in Tampa isn't receiving calls on Matt Garza about right now. The prices on those two starters haven't gone down in the last 12 hours, that's for sure. If you're going to get one of those, you'll have to pay.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 7:12 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 7:39 pm

Cashman: Pettitte leaning toward retirement

Andy Pettitte Andy Pettitte is leaning toward retirement, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Yankees reporters on Monday.

"He told me personally he was leaning toward retirement," Cashman said (via MLB.com ). "He's not officially retired. I talked to his agent [Randy Hendricks] about maybe a week to 10 days ago, and that position hadn't changed. That's where it's at as of right now."

Pettitte, 38, was 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts last season, but missed two months with a groin injury.

The Yankees, you may have heard, have already been searching for starting pitching help, going after Cliff Lee. Cashman said he's used to dealing with the uncertainty of Pettitte's availability.

"I move forward like I've done the last few winters," Cashman said. "This is what Andy does. He goes home and deeply thinks about what's the next best step for him and his family. He'll come to some sort of decision on that."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:37 am

Rangers' Ryan denies Pettitte story

Rangers president/owner Nolan Ryan shot down a New York Daily News report that Texas is pursuing Andy Pettitte.

The report never did make any sense, as Pettitte has been clear that his options are retiring or returning for another year with the Yankees. Ryan told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram his only contact with Pettitte was an October phone call in which the pitcher, a partner with Ryan in two minor-league teams, called to wish him luck in the World Series.

"I asked him if he thought he was going to play in 2011 or retire," Ryan said. "He said if he played it would be with the Yankees because he wanted to retire with the Yankees. It wasn't like I was asking him if he wanted to come play for us."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 7:33 pm

Rangers making play for Pettitte

Pettitte The Rangers are making a play for a Yankees lefthander, with president Nolan Ryan phoning Andy Pettitte as the New York Daily News reports.

Pettitte, who is currently deciding between retirement and playing another season, has said he will only play for the Yankees but could change his mind. The pull to play another year is strong, but Pettitte is finding it increasingly difficult to make his home in New York while the regular season is occurring.

The Rangers don't play as close to his Houston-based home as the Astros due (where Pettitte pitched from 2004-06), but could offer him a shot at contending. If Texas came to Pettitte with a strong contract offer befitting his stature as a No. 2 starter, he may find it difficult to remain with New York. Pettitte is coming off a one-year deal worth $11.75 million and certainly earned the right to ask for a raise after going 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts.

Pettitte's future likely won't be decided until after Cliff Lee's, so there is still a long way to go.

-- Evan Brunell

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