Gang Green wrote:The one deathknell sign that I am ignoring today is that Andy's father has now been quoted as saying that Andy has been disrespected by Steinbrenner. When dad gets involved, its a bad sign. Remember Messier and his pops in their ugly departure from the NY Rangers. Well Georgie, if you had your way from the beginning, Bernie and Andy would have been long gone by now. It's a true story that Stick Michael used to lie to George that nobody was interested in Bernie when George wanted to trade him early in his career. If Andy leaves, I think I'm gonna act like the Cubans in south Florida towards Castro. I am going to become a Yankee defector and I'm not coming back into the fold until that meglomaniacal meathead kicks the bucket. Because that is the only way he's giving up the reigns to the "empire."
That's true but remember that Messier's father is also his agent. Mixing family with business usually ends in disaster, especially when they are on the payroll.
Free agent lefthander Andy Pettitte, one of baseball's winningest pitchers, is on the verge of an agreement with the Astros, industry sources said this afternoon.
The sources cautioned that some details remained to be worked out and that the deal still could fall apart if the New York Yankees made a last-ditch effort to re-sign Pettitte.
Pettitte has already passed a physical, and Astros owner Drayton McLane and agents Randy and Alan Hendricks are attempting to complete the deal within 24 hours.
Barring a snag, Pettitte would give the Astros a bona fide No. 1 starting pitcher they haven't had in several years.
His departure would be a blow for the Yankees, who had said re-signing him was their No. 1 off season priority.
Here's my (more than) 2 cents on some things:
1. Steinbrenner has played with fire with this stuff. On 1 hand, I understand why. Say what you want about the crazy salaries in MLB. The Yanks never set the trend. They only follow it. On the other hand, you potentially alienate your players. That is what has happened here. Pettitte has been waiting for George to make him a good offer and he has been dragging his feet. For some reason, he has always never been too fond of him. You would think that Schilling signing and #2 below would make him make a move.
2. Tom Verducci, who I respect for his knowledge, stated today that he expects A-Rod to go to the Sox early next week. In turn, Nomar would go west, possibly to the Angels for Kennedy and Washburn. While Washburn might do well, that would leave them with 6 starters. Would they trade Kim and give him the finger? If anyone thinks that Epsteain is involved in this deal, they are crazy. This is way above his head. About all that he will do for this deal is pick A-Rod up at the airport when he comes to Boston.
3. Maddux will probably either sign with the Cards or the Padres.
4. The Yanks will not get Brown. Part of that deal (Johnson) went to Montreal for Vaz.
5. The Yanks will not get Millwood as the Phillies (surprisingly) offered him arbitration. So much for that 5 year, $75 million contract on the table, huh Scott?
For all the offense that the Yanks might get with Sheff or whoever else, their main need was to sign pitching, including Pettitte. If they fail to sign him, and it's not a done deal yet, then they had a bad offseason.