ORLANDO ⁈” The prospects of a Yankee-Andy Pettitte reunion appeared more likely today with the Houston Astros attempting to put together a deal with the Chicago White Sox for righthander Jon Garland.
Although a baseball sources told the Daily News that the deal broke down when one of the players Houston was sending back to the White Sox ⁈” pitcher Taylor Buchholz ⁈” failed his physical, other sources said the Astros were still trying to rework the deal, a clear sign of their intention to sever ties with the 34-year-old Pettitte. The pitcher, who had mulled retirement, announced on Wednesday his intentions to play next season.
The Astros, for whom Pettitte has pitched the last three seasons, were attempting to retain him with a one-year, $12 million offer.
His representatives, Randy and Alan Hendricks, were insisting that Pettitte not take a cut from the $16.4 million he earned last year ⁈” and the Yankees have made it clear they wouldn⁈⁚t have a problem meeting that demand. Pettitte pitched nine seasons for the Yankees, the last in 2003.
According to sources, Astros owner Drayton McLane refused to budge from the $12 million offer he made in his last talks with the Hendricks brothers on Wednesday. That, in turn, set in motion the trade talks with the White Sox in which left fielder/leadoff man Willy Tavares would also be going to Chicago.
Before leaving the winter meetings today, Yankee GM Brian Cashman refused comment on the Pettitte situation.
I love both Pettitte and Clemens, they did great things for us when they were here, but don't you think the Astros are getting a little sick of the games. Clemens has been pulling the retirement thing for the past two seasons and now Pettitte is doing the same thing to them. I think the Astros are just tired of wondering what they're going to do and are just looking at other options. So you can't blame the Astros for looking elsewhere for pitching.
You could be correct. I do think Pettite is doing to the Yanks what they did to him, WAIT, and it is not unconceivable that he will wait till the last possible minute to sign with the Astro at much more than 12 mill. Pettite is also Clemens Puppy, he won't make a move till he knows what Roger will do. When he signs, with whoever he signs it will be because Roger already told him what he is going to do.
I have a bad taste for what Roger pulled. He told the Yanks he was retiring, accepted the accolades and the pricey gifts from the Yanks, one of them was that famous Orange Hummer, then Pettite felt he was not being respected by the Yanks, went and signed with Houston and then convinced Roger to pitch. Roger told the Astros to leave a White Hummer for his wife outside his house and he would think about pitching for them. He got the White Hummer. Last year Roger kept the Astros hostage to his 21 mill for 3 months, and he will play the same game again. He will wait and see what developes, hopefully for him it will be the Yanks needing another pitcher, figures there will be an opening given the health of Randy and the Gutless Pavo. He will tell the Yanks he wants 20 mill for 3 months. What he won't get will be the perks he got from Houston where he wouldn't travel with the team.
I don't know if it is a good idea to sign Andy, but then again, there is no one out there. Zito is too expensive.