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Andy Pettitte Declines Option

According to the Associated Press Andy Pettitte declined his 16 million dollar option with the Yankees today. Pettitte said if he didn’t accept the option he would retire. So the next step remains for Pettitte.

Going into next year the Yankees projected starting rotation is looking like Chien-Ming Wang, soon to be 39 year-old Mike Mussina, Philip Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy. If the Yankees starting rotation is this for next year the Yankees may finally be in the position to miss the playoffs. Only Chien-Ming Wang is a proven good pitcher, the rest may be good to terrible next year.

This follows the current trend of Yankees leaving. Joe Torre recently became a LA Dodger. A-Rod has put himself on the market. Jorge Posada is being hunted by the Mets and others. The Yankees are already looking very different.

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2 comments for “Andy Pettitte Declines Option”

  1. I think most Yankees fans were hoping for Pettitte’s return, but it won’t make or break the season.

    Since when is Mike Mussina not a proven pitcher? He’s a shell of his former self but i wouldn’t say he’s dead weight.

    And I’d watch out with overlooking Joba, Hughes and Kennedy. If the Sox don’t resign Schilling (who I see a the Red Sox version of Pettitte), they’ll be looking at a rotation including “unproven” starters bucholtz and lester. Yea buchotlz threw a no-no but he’s not a proven major league pitcher. Don’t forget, Phil Hughes was pitching a no-no in HIS second start against the twins before gettin hurt.

    Posted by Jeff | November 5, 2007, 11:49 pm
  2. I consider Beckett, Dice-K and Wakefield proven because they are what they are. Beckett is great. Dice-K is good with a chance of great. Wakefield is an innings eater.

    Pettitte was one of the Yankees best pitchers last year. 15-9 with a 4.05 ERA and always a strong performance in the clutch.

    Mussina I say is done. He’s 39 and 3 of the last 4 years he’s had a 4.41 ERA or higher. And last year he had a 5.15 ERA. And like any Yankees he still had a winning record at 11-10. Same reason why Wang comes close to 20 wins.

    With the Red Sox I still don’t know what will come of the off-season. Lester and Buchholz could be 4-5 and both suck. Or Schilling could be back and Buchholz works in the minors till someone gets hurt. But having a clear ace in Beckett and Dice-K who I think will break out, is a good start to a staff.

    Posted by Dan | November 6, 2007, 12:00 am

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