Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Another Yankee (Andy Pettitte) Bites The Dust

Taken from ESPN:

Andy Pettitte declined his $16 million option with the New York Yankees, still uncertain whether he wants to pitch next season.

The 35-year-old left-hander went 15-9 with a 4.05 ERA for the Yankees this year, including 11-3 after the All-Star break. He was their most effective starter in the postseason, pitching 6 1/3 scoreless innings in Game 2 of New York's first-round loss to Cleveland.


First, one by one, the managers and coaches of the Yankees left for the Dodgers. Next, A-Rod opted out of his contract and poked fun at the Yankees by asking for a ridiculously huge sum of money. Now, Pettitte declining the Yankees came as a shock to me not because he said no to the Yankees, but because I would have expected others, such as Mariano, Clemens, and Posada, to say no before him. The loss of Pettitte would be a sad loss because he was arguably one of their best consistent pitchers over the years. In the 2007 playoffs, for example, unlike Wang who screwed up twice and Clemens who pitched poorly, Pettitte held his ground against Carmona pitching nearly perfectly. Of all the players to leave, the Yankees need to at least pursue Pettitte a little further.


doomsy said...

And how cool would it be to see Pettite in red Phillies pinstripes, by the way?

I'll add you guys to my blogroll in a minute - thanks.

Michael Vinciguerra said...

Pettite can certainly fit in anywhere he decides to go, but joining the Phillies with an already established rotation would be scary for the other NL teams.