December 11, 2006


Pettitte no bargain for Yankees (Ken Rosenthal, 12/11/906,

It's not a one-year, $16 million deal, as has been widely reported. The Yankees gave Pettitte a $16 million player option for 2008, effectively awarding him $32 million for two years.

While the shorter term is appealing, the Yankees aren't exactly getting a bargain. The team faces a 40 percent luxury tax on payroll over $148 million. In other words, the real price for Pettitte will be $22.4 million — a rather hefty sum for a pitcher who turns 35 on June 15. [...]

Finally, the performance.

Pettitte's ERA rose from 2.39 in 2005 to 4.20 in '06, an increase largely attributable to his poor first half. When adjusting his ERA for park and league effects, he was only 8 percent better than the league average. And now he's moving back to the mighty AL East.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 11, 2006 8:59 AM

His elbow seems pretty iffy.

Good luck to the Yankees trying to get the Hendricks boys to honor the "promise" that Pettitte will decline his player option if he winds up hurt!

The Astros were smart to say no thanks to that second guaranteed year.

Posted by: kevin whited at December 11, 2006 10:26 AM

He's left-handed. He'll pitch in the majors until his arm falls off.

Posted by: Bartman at December 11, 2006 1:41 PM

Hey, as long as he takes along Clemens' famous "workout regime", wink wink, he should be o.k. And if his left arm falls off, they'll just graft his right arm onto his left side.

Pettite will also benefit from the spacious left-center outfield at the Stadium, and from the Yanks outfield defense, which, if you've seen Pinto's ratings at Baseball Musings, was pretty darn good last season, with Melky earning highest rating in lf and even the noodle-armed cf'er tracking down more than his share of fly-balls.

Also, I believe that he does have to pass a physical next year for the option to kick in.

Gammons w/ a good article yesterday on the Yanks successful transformation of the team these past 2 seasons since Cash-money got control. He sounded a little jealous.

I've got a Yankee hat the size of Volkswagon waiting for you oj when you finally abandon your loveable losers for a real team.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 11, 2006 3:54 PM

I like Melky, so I was glad to see he was at least average in LF, despite the odd routes he takes, but the deterioration of Damon is really pitiful. Coco had a bad enough year playing out of position that one feared we might actually have been better off with the slot machine, but the numbers show otherwise. Abreu has tailed off pretty badly too since he thickened up.

When your pitching is as bad as theirs you really need to convert outs and they don't have a team that can.

Posted by: oj at December 11, 2006 5:58 PM

And yet . . . they were 2nd in the league in turning batted balls into outs. How?

Pinto has Melky not just above avg, but #1 in MLB. And he has Noodle-arm # 6 in MLB, which belies your notion of deterioration, substantially above Coco Chanel, and even Abreu is not really a liability, catching slightly more balls than the model predicts.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 12, 2006 1:54 AM

They don't get to any balls.

Posted by: oj at December 12, 2006 8:34 AM