Sunday, November 4, 2007
According to MLB Rumors correspondent Thomas Reiss, the Dodgers are making it known that they are interested in a short term deal for Andy Pettitte. Maybe this is Joe Torre's work, but I think Pettitte and the Dodgers are a good fit. Pettitte was 15-9 with a 4.05 ERA this season for the Yankees, and is just 35. He would benefit from a two year deal, worth 23-26 million dollars. He would have a great defense behind him, and a solid bullpen backing him up. Most importantly however, he would be under the guidance of Joe Torre. I'm sure Pettitte is waiting to see what happens with Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada, so we will not know if he opts out till the Yankees solve those problems. It would be hard for any 35 year old to turn down sixteen million dollars for one year, but Pettitte has always been beyond the money, going where he felt most comfortable. I see him taking a pay cut and walking from the troubled Yankees to a team on the rise, like the Dodgers. Although he has said he will retire if he does not exercise his clause with the Yankees, I doubt that is the case because of the Dodgers interest.