Reporting from Indianapolis, Joel Sherman states in his latest column that the Yanks have made an offer to Andy Pettitte, which was rejected. He writes:
INDIANAPOLIS — The Yankees claimed Andy Pettitte was their No. 1 offseason priority. And they have put their money where that statement is at while continuing to monitor the Roy Halladay market.
Pettitte was the first and only player the Yankees have made an offer to since the World Series ended, The Post has learned. The proposal was for one year in what was believed to be the $10 million range or about what Pettitte made in 2009 between base salary and bonuses.
The initial offer was not accepted, but an NL official who had spoken to an involved party insisted the deal will get done, and privately the Yankees believe Pettitte wants to pitch in The Bronx in 2010.
While I’d agree with the assessment that a deal will get done, that’s a pretty fair offer by the Yanks. It’s basically guaranteeing what he made in base salary and incentives last year, which is where many of us thought these negotiations would end up. That’s the kind of offer that coincides with the Yanks reported intent of getting him signed as their #1 priority. It says to Andy ‘Let’s not fool around and wrap this up quickly’ but Andy doesn’t seem to be playing along.
We reported Andy being quoted late last season saying that he wasn’t happy with his last contract, and we all know what happened in 2004. When it comes to Andy, you never know if things will get personal (again) and he winds up taking a lesser offer in Texas or with the Dodgers. If that happens, I’d have to believe Roy Halladay will become a much bigger priority for Cashman.
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