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Mar 212010

That’s what Jack Curry of the YES Network said about Andy Pettitte playing beyond this season on the coverage of today’s rained out preseason game. He said that Andy made it very clear he doesn’t plan on pitching past this season, saying that he accomplished everything he wanted to do last year in playing in the new ballpark and winning a World Series. This isn’t exactly unexpected, but it’s the first time a beat reporter has conveyed this in such definitive terms.

What would this mean? I’m not sure. For those who would like to see both Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes in the 2011 Yankee rotation, this may or may not open up a rotation spot. With Cliff Lee almost certain to become a free agent, the Yanks could simply supplant Lee in Andy’s Lefty rotation spot with a substantial (but not unreasonable) salary bump. Andy will make 11.75 mil for the 2010 season. That assumes Lee would like to pitch here, which is something we don’t know yet. But Andy hasn’t even made this official yet, and so much can change over the course of this season. For now, we just have Curry’s report that the end is near for Andy.

24 Responses to ““This is pretty much it for him””

  1. If he pitches another year like last one, wins a World Series, and has a 12 million dollar offer sitting in front of him, I’m willing to bet the farm that he sticks around.  (Quote)

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    Steve S. Reply:

    I’m not so sure. Andy’s never been all about the money, he left a 45 mil deal with the Yanks on the table to sign a 30 mil deal with the Astros. According to him in the press conference, he said “I gave my word” (to Drayton McLayne).  (Quote)

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    EJ Fagan Reply:

    He hasn’t exactly been signing for cheap since the Yankees brought him back. They’ve been consistently overpaying him, except for last season because he signed late (due to contract demands).

    12 million dollars is a lot of money, to anyone. As long as he is pitching well, I’m willing to bet he doesn’t hang them up. He’s also got an outside HOF shot to think about.  (Quote)

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    Pete Reply:

    I spoke with Andy in Boston last summer. I was surprised with his candor when I asked him if he planned to keep pitching beyond ’09. He told me that he planned to pitch one more season, with the Yankees, and then retire to spend time with his children. When I suggested that two or three seasons could make him a Hall of Famer, he said that he wasn’t concerned about that. He seemed quite certain of his plans, and why he would tell me, I don’t know. But that’s what he said.  (Quote)

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  2. Andy don’t go please, it’s much too soon !!  (Quote)

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    Steve S. Reply:

    Awww, don’t feel bad Katia. It’s better this way, we all get to say goodbye.  (Quote)

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    bornwithpinstripes Reply:

    what is he over for dinner?….time has come andy ,must say good bye ….please  (Quote)

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  3. Yep, we heard the same story last year.  (Quote)

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    Steve S. Reply:

    Did we? I remember him saying he was non-committal about returning each year for the past few seasons, but this time it sounds like he is committed, but to retiring.  (Quote)

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  4. When Mariano, Jeter, and Posada hear this they’ll surround him and make him stay, bwahahah!!  (Quote)

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    Steve S. Reply:

    I like anyone who ends their argument with “bwahahah!!”

    You Sir, are a mensch.  (Quote)

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  5. Andy’s not going anywhere period!!  (Quote)

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  6. Well… That’s not “new” news, but Andy Pettitte’s pretty much flown under the radar so one of these write-ups was due. I’m sure part of Hal’s plan to keep payroll from getting out of hand is to eventually develop another SP aside from whoever wins out the 5th spot (smart money on Joba). Regardless of what happens going forward this season, its time to go younger with the 4-5 spots; so, this news bodes well for Hughes.

    Lets not kid ourselves … Vazquez is the real 3rd starter and its likelier the Yanks extend him and make Hughes a full-time starter than pay out $100 MM to Cliff Lee.  (Quote)

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    Steve S. Reply:

    So many things could affect what happens between now and then, I be careful about who I rule in or rule out. Let me throw out a few scenarios:

    1-Joba pitches great-Lessens the need to sign a big FA starter. Hughes can slot in as #5 next year. We don’t sign Lee in this case, unless he’s replacing Vasquez.

    2-Vasquez pitches poorly, or repeats 2004 and is mediocre and chokes in big games (playoffs/Sox)-Lessens the likelihood we bring him back, therefore opening up 2 rotation spots.

    3-Joba pitches poorly-A full season of bad starts by Joba would likely permanently banish him to the bullpen, opening up 2 rotation spots next year. One could be filled by Hughes, the other would be a FA.

    4-Joba bombs out as a starter. Hughes replaces him, and is equally bad-Here you may be begging Andy to come back. You will need to sign Vasquez just to have a #3 starter. This is what happened in 2004, the last time Andy left.  (Quote)

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    Reggie C. Reply:

    If Joba bombs out as a starter, I will be disappointed on a level that’ll make me re-think the valuation of Yankees starting pitching prospects. Man i hope that doesn’t happen. I’m not expecting all-star level consistency, but Joba’s plus FB and slider gives me hope that he’ll out-pitch the other team’s 4/5 guy more times than not.  (Quote)

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    Steve S. Reply:

    I don’t expect it either, but it is a possible scenario. One that changes the equation.  (Quote)

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  7. Even if the Yanks sign Cliff Lee, they will still need another starter as its doubtful they’ll re-sign Vazquez.  (Quote)

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  8. Javy Vasquez deal has one year left, so Hughes and Chamberlain could be in the same rotation as Sabathia, Burnett, Lee. This is of course if the Yankees pursue Lee. The 2010 baseball season hasn’t even started yet, lets see what happens this year, before we worry about the offseason.  (Quote)

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  9. Why all the Cliff Lee stuff? They guy is already hurt. He threw 49.2 innings more last year then in 08. It seems obvious now why the Phillies traded him as he was abused last year.  (Quote)

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    Steve S. Reply:

    Yeah, when I said ‘so much can happen between now and then’ I didn’t even get into injury scenarios.  (Quote)

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  10. I heard Curry’s interview with Andy, and it sounded non-commital. Same old story: see how he feels after this season, talk with his family. Those who are militating for clearing him out should shake their heads, and hold it to the side, like at the beach after a swim. Maybe the rocks will come out.  (Quote)

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