Pettitte Stays in Pinstripes, While Varitek is do This Week

Andy Pettitte, 36, signed a one year, $5.5 million dollar deal with the Yankees. The deal could be worth up to $12 million dollars if he reaches all of his incentives. Contracts with incentives are the best contracts, you can’t overpay or underpay a player who has incentives in the contract. Pettitte was 14-14 last season with a 4.54 ERA. He also had 158 strikeouts in 33 games, 204 innings pitched. Pettitte played nine seasons with the Yankees before joining the Houston Astros from 2004-2006 and then went back to the Yankees after the 2006 season. The Yankees rotation is now set to be C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Chein-Ming Wang, Pettitte, and then Joba Chamberlain. I think Phil Hughes should be the fifth starter and not Joba. Joba went 3-1 this season as a starter. Joba needs to stay in the bullpen so in a few years when Mariano Rivera retires Joba can become the closer, but I am getting off track. In order for Pettitte to come back on to the roster the Yankees designated Chase Wright for assignment. Wright went 10-3 this season at Double-A and Triple-A

Andy Pettitte

The Red Sox have set a Friday deadline for Jason Varitek. The deal would pay him a base salary of $5 million dollars for 2009 and a club option for 2010 worth $5 million dollars. if he doesn’t make his mind up by Friday Boston would likely trade for a younger catcher, maybe Jarrod Saltamacchia (that was a mouthful), of the Texas Rangers or Miguel Montero, of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Varitek will turn 37 in April. Last season he batted .220, with 13 home runs, and 43 RBI’s. He was backup to Joe Mauer of the Twins in the 2008 All-Star Game , his third all-star game, at Yankee Stadium and caught Jon Lester’s no-hitter.  Varitek will probably start this season and will have Josh Bard or a young catcher as his backup this season and in 2010 will mentor a young catcher. It is also possible that Boston wants a young catcher to catch knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. That is unlikely though because Wakefield is close to retirement. I hope Varitek comes back tomorrow! 


Jason Varitek gives Alex Rodriguez a face full of catcher's mitt, setting off a benches-clearing incident July 24.

I love this picture.

Also I just noticed that in past entries “Varitek” is spelt “Varitex.” Sorry.


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7 comments

  1. juliasrants

    If Jason is smart he will take the contract and RUN! No other team is going to give him anything even close to this! Smarten up Jason and DROP Boras! And don’t worry about the spelling of Varitek – we all make spelling mistakes! (I can not live without my spell check!)

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. Elizabeth D

    Bob,
    I wonder if Petite has any hard feelings towards the Yanks? After all, it has took them this long to re-sign him. I agree with you about Joba’s future. He was on the Hot Stove Report last night and he implied that he would be starting the 2009 season. However, looking into the future… he will be stepping up soon.
    -Elizabeth
    http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

  3. bigpapi72

    Julia- I agree Boras sucks and I don’t know why anyone would want to have him as an agent.
    Caroline- I know. My title for when Varitex signs will be well… you will just have to find out.
    Kaybee- I really hope he does too. His numbers could be worse than last year and he would still be better than a catcher who hits 30 home runs because of his glove and how well he works with pitchers.
    Jeff- I don’t like it that much
    Elizabeth- I don’t think so Pettitte likes the Yankees and if he hated them he wouldn’t have gone to New York.

    –Bob, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

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