In some ways, Andy Pettitte is no different from the dozens of other free agents to start the new year without a team. Players all over baseball are waiting for better offers, and teams are searching for bargains.
But Pettitte is not like other players, and the Yankees are not like other teams. Pettitte has pledged his loyalty to the Yankees, and the Yankees have spent lavishly this winter at a time when many clubs are scaling back.
A reunion seemed inevitable at the start of the off-season, but now it is uncertain. Pettitte has rejected the Yankees’ one-year, $10 million offer, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations, and there is no standing offer for now. (Source)
(Stats from ESPN)
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All the Yankees fans in New York
Can't forget that small little dork
When he swings he mostly misses
instead of a catcher the yanks got a Mrs.
He hit worse than Molina
Anyone can hit better.. even a ballerina
Now he will suck in Baltimore
He'll achieve less, Never more.... Never more
We got a CC and a AJ and a Tex.
The Yankees have reached an agreement in principle to sign Mark Teixeira, SI.com has learned, beating out the rival Red Sox for the free-agent slugger's services.
Teixeira, who hit .308 with 33 home runs and 121 RBIs in 2008, will receive an eight-year, $180 million deal from the Yankees with a full no-trade provision.
The final three teams in the race to sign Teixeira were the Red Sox, Nationals and Yankees. However, it was the Yankees who stepped up their heavy pursuit of Teixeira on Tuesday, as first reported by SI.com.
The Yankees quietly remained in contact with the Teixeira camp, but after spending $243.5 million on star starting pitchers CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, they didn't appear anxious to be the market setter.
The Red Sox threw a curveball late last week when owner John Henry announced they were no longer "going to be a factor'' following a meeting at Teixeira's Dallas-area house. But after a little while, it became clear that Henry only meant that they intended not to up their bid, not that they were pulling out of the derby entirely.
The Yankees landed their second premier starting pitcher in 72 hours Friday when righthander A.J. Burnett agreed to a five-year, $82.5-million contract.
The office of Burnett's agent confirmed to The Associated Press that Burnett picked the Yankees over the Braves, though the deal is pending a physical. As of early Friday evening, the Yankees had not received official word that Burnett was joining the fold, but they were extremely confident that this was the case. Braves general manager Frank Wren conceded to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his team had lost out.
Although the additions of Burnett and CC Sabathia give the Yankees one of baseball's best rotations, they aren't done yet. They have ruled out going after oft-injured Ben Sheets, someone familiar with their plans said, because of too many "red flags." Instead, they will await a decision from Andy Pettitte.
The Yankees, who had hoped to sign Pettitte or Sheets to round out their starting rotation, have decided that Pettitte would be a better fit. Sheets did make 31 starts in 2008, going 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA for the Brewers, but injuries kept him from topping 160 innings between 2005 and 2007. (Source)
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The Yankees are prepared to trade Melky Cabrera to the Milwaukee Brewers for center fielder Mike Cameron, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
Cameron, who has played for six teams in 14 seasons in the big leagues, hit .243 with 25 home runs and 70 RBIs last year with Milwaukee and will make $10 million in 2009.
It was believed that Cabrera and Brett Gardner would fight over the starting job in center field in 2009, but Cameron's addition would had a veteran presence at the position, according to the report, which cited two major league sources.
Cabrera hit .249 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs in 129 games in 2008. His early struggles led to the call up of Gardner, who batted .228 in 42 games. Gardner's biggest asset was his speed, stealing 13 bases in 14 attempts.
Ken Davidoff's baseball blog The Yankees have a top prospect at center field in Austin Jackson, but it has been widely reported that he would not be ready for full-time, big league duty until 2010. (Source)