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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Pettitte unhappy, possibly open to joining Astros

Ken Davidoff is reporting Andy Pettitte has grown unhappy with the Yankees during this free agent process and could be open to rejoining the Houston Astros.

People familiar with Pettitte's thinking aired out grievances:

1. Pettitte believes that the Yankees should display more appreciation for all that he has done for them.

2. While the Yankees are asking that Pettitte take a pay cut, the team clearly is not hurting financially, given its large investments in Teixeira, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.

3. Pettitte thinks that his 2008 season wasn't as bad as the Yankees are making it out to be.
14-14, 4.54 ERA, 98 ERA+ (100 is league average), 1.412 WHIP. I'd say that's pretty damn bad.

Davidoff goes on to say that when the Yankees were discussing signing Mark Teixeira, they were figuring out the corresponding roster moves to make the 2009 payroll lower than where it was the year before. Their two conclusions were letting Pettitte walk and trading Xavier Nady. "Nady figures to be dealt now, although the Yankees have already received calls about newly acquired Nick Swisher," Davidoff said.

If the Yankees don't want Johnny Damon in center field (i.e. having Brett Gardner or Melky Cabrera start there), the Yankees would likely have to make a move. I'd like to keep Swisher and Nady and have Damon play center for a year, but it seems like the Yankees want to make a move.

4 comments:

She-Fan said...

Damon in center? Scary thought. And I want to keep Nady. If someone has to go, why not Swisher?

Andrew Fletcher said...

I like Swisher, and while they didn't give up much to obtain him, I don't think they traded for him to later give him up. I think they can get away with using Damon in CF for one season. He's not that bad.

She-Fan said...

Have you seen him throw?????

Andrew Fletcher said...

I know his arm is an issue, believe me. But do you want the black hole of Gardner or Melky in the lineup regularly?

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