Andy Pettitte has one warning from the Yankees: take our final offer or you won’t be in pinstripes next season.
A day after inking the biggest contract for a pitcher in MLB history, Brian Cashman flew to Texas to meet with Pettitte and his agents. His spiel probably looked like this:
Yo, Andy. You know we love you. We’ve treated you well over the years, especially the support we gave you last year with your admission. Let’s look at the hard facts. We have CC now. We have Joba and Wang. We are close, very close, to signing another free agent. That leaves us with another rotation spot left. It’s yours. For $10 million. If you want performance incentives in the contract, I’d be glad to offer it to you. We’d love for you to pitch in the new Stadium and retire in pinstripes. The Yankee fans will love you. It’s you call. The offer’s on the table, but it’s final.
Now only if I was a fly on the wall during that talk, but I’d guess that’s how it’d go down.
Joel Sherman and George A. King’s article on Cashman’s trip to Texas offers a perspective on how much Pettitte is really worth.
One team executive said recently that “in the real world, Andy is probably now an $8 million-a-year pitcher at most. We are willing to pay $2 million more because we love him, because he is a Yankee and we want it to stay that way.”
“The Yankees are prepared to let Pettitte go and fill the final spot with someone else if he doesn’t accept the offer, a message Cashman surely sent to the longtime fan favorite as he tried to persuade him to sign,” so says Mark Feinsand at the Daily News.
Petts, I admire you enough to want you on the team, but it’s time to stop being selfish. You are not worth $16 million anymore. You saw what the insider said, you’d be worth $8 million. No other team will give you more than the Yankees. Accept the offer, or retire, knowing you could have had one more chance at glory in the pinstripes.