Lofunzo wrote:Mad.......I know you to be a neutral bystander with all Yankee affairs. Where do you stand on Pettitte? I consider myself to be objective as I can and I think that it would be a huge mistake for them to let him go for a variety of reasons:
1. He is NY proven
2. He is NY playoff proven
3. There are not many, if any, other options out there
I am not saying that he is worth #1 money but if it takes a little more than Houston is offering to get him signed, then so be it. I am really surprised that George has been quiet on this for so long considering what Boston has and will do.
Baseball is a numbers game and there are plenty to look at. I don't care what his numbers say. I go by what my eyes tell me and that is that if the Yanks have a big playoff game next year, I want him to have the ball. Vaz may turn out to be that guy but Pettitte is that guy right now.
Well, I see both good and bad in this situation for the Yankees.
Let's start with the good:
Pettitte is a gamer. He goes out, does his job the best he can, and doesn't complain about it. Gives 110% every time he takes the mound. Always a plus to have a few guys like that on any team.
He's a lefty. I really don't make a big deal about having a staff of 5 rightys, but it really doesn't hurt to have a lefty on the staff.
Now the bad:
He's wanting staff ace money. $14 million? Are you kidding me? In this economy? That's an awful lot of dough for a guy who sports a fairly high era. Russ Ortiz anyone?
If they don't sign him, they will have to sign another pitcher. Millwood? Maddux? Going to have to cough up some money there too.
Bottom line for me, If Pettitte will take $10 million a year, then give it to him. Anything more, and let him go. I know money doesn't really seem like a big deal to the Yankees and George doesn't mind spending it, but there are better deals out there.
Personal opinion, George will probably pony up the dough. He wants to beat the new and revamped Sox and win the World Series. No matter what the cost.
We should know by the end of Friday.
Yes doctor, I am sick.
Sick of those who are spineless.
Sick of those who feel self-entitled.
Sick of those who are hypocrites.
Yes doctor, an army is forming.
Yes doctor, there will be a war.
Yes doctor, there will be blood.....