And it is waiting for southpaw Andy Pettitte to decide whether he is coming back for another season in pinstripes? Or not?
Personally, as a Yankee fan (not a happy one this off-season) now more than ever I would love to have Pettitte back in 2013 for two reasons.
1) Every year Pettitte pulls a ‘Brett Favre’ I have wanted him to come back for the simple reason that the guy can still pitch. Even at 40-years old he can help win the Yankees games, and according to Hal Steinbrenner that is still the Yankees goal every season. So logically offering Pettitte $10 million, plus incentives for 2013 sounds fair to me. In 2012 Pettitte went 11-3 with an ERA of 3.28 and 101 strikeouts over 21-starts. Pettitte missed almost two-months when a ball ricocheted off leg and broke it but otherwise he was in perfect health.
2) If Pettitte doesn’t want to play the Yankees are in trouble because Hal might talk the talk but he has yet to walk the walk. It seems that GM Brian Cashmanhas
been restricted to offering contracts no longer than a season. So this makes Pettitte the obvious choice as no capable, prime-aged starting pitcher is going to accept a one-season deal, no matter how much the Yankees brass attempts to sell the notion that the lure of the pinstripes is motivation enough.
WHAT IS TAKING PETTITTE SO LONG?
Well, if I were in Pettitte’s shoes, I would only want to return to a team that has a legitimate chance at winning the World Series and the way things are panning out that is just not the case.
This adds another consideration for Pettitte to factor in, as since he has been a Yankee bringing in the best available talent was not an issue, EVER! And I would wonder is it worth coming back for a half-assed team with a pissed off fan base?
Also as of right now, the Yankees have no legit catcher and haven’t even made an offer to Russell Martin yet.
Martin is popular with the pitching staff, as ace C Sabathia has already made a public plea for his return so I image Pettitte would like him behind the dish again as well.
So, could Pettitte be waiting to see how the 2013 team pans out?
Well, wouldn’t you?