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'Thankful' Yankees to offer Pettitte the moon?

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08:42 AM ET 12.14 | Cliff Lee is off the board. In one crazy way, the Yankees were thankful that Lee didn't take their money. If you're going to hand someone a $150 million check, you better know that person is all in. And clearly, Lee was not. One person who'd been briefed on the talks, said, "It was clear from Day One Lee didn't really want to be here." ... Whether or not he did so by design, Andy Pettitte's delay in making a decision about next season will pay him an enormous windfall. Without Lee, the Yankees will practically have to beg Pettitte to return -- with nothing short of a blank check.

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December 14, 2010  10:13 AM ET
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Which Pettitte with they get; the pre all-star break 11-3 one or the late season one? Old bodies break down, sad to say. In the long run, may be good for the Yankees. Maybe this will force them to refocus on drafting the right talent and raising four superstars in their own system again.

I know the Yankees fans are all depressed with not getting Lee, but I have a feeling this may be a blessing in disguise. Committing 7 years to any pitcher is very risky, even if it's Cliff Lee. It's time to get younger and give the kids in their system a chance to prove themselves.

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December 14, 2010  10:52 AM ET

Yay Petitte!
Take the Yankees money!
Hope he comes back.

December 14, 2010  10:57 AM ET
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I know the Yankees fans are all depressed with not getting Lee, but I have a feeling this may be a blessing in disguise. Committing 7 years to any pitcher is very risky, even if it's Cliff Lee. It's time to get younger and give the kids in their system a chance to prove themselves.

While I am not depressed, I agree with your comment. The Yankees need to get young again. Win or lose, I am a Yankee fan, so let's get rid of the old guys and start over.

December 14, 2010  11:03 AM ET

Pettite is a must though. Who on that staff would you trust over pettitte besides cc? Pettite is worth more than jeter at this point.

December 14, 2010  11:42 AM ET
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Pettite is a must though. Who on that staff would you trust over pettitte besides cc? Pettite is worth more than jeter at this point.

that was last year, who knows if Burnett will turn it around or what Hughes will have for a full season? Things change.

December 14, 2010  11:43 AM ET

Is Pettite baseball's version of Brett Favre? "Should I stay, or should I go now?."

December 14, 2010  12:10 PM ET
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Which Pettitte with they get; the pre all-star break 11-3 one or the late season one? Old bodies break down, sad to say. In the long run, may be good for the Yankees. Maybe this will force them to refocus on drafting the right talent and raising four superstars in their own system again.

I think Andy wasn't 100 percent ready at the end of last year but we needed him in there for the playoffs. He was essentially in "spring training mode" and starting over again. If Andy Pettitte comes back this year he'll do just fine.

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December 14, 2010  01:06 PM ET

I heard on espn radio that Cliff Lee has a child with leukemia which is in remission. Philly is supposed to have the best children's hospital in the country. If that weighed into Lee's decision (and you figure it would be a serious consideration, right?) I certainly can't fault Lee even though, as a Yankee fan, I am a little disappointed.

In the same vein, you know this contract would have ended badly so maybe it's a good thing.

December 14, 2010  01:33 PM ET

the worse thing can happen to the yankees that petite don't comeback to play with them, but maybe the phillies could use him as a long reliever? the yankees have find out very fast that money can't just buy everything right? does the yanks would fire cashman for his innability to sign lee? or maybe the yanks can increase cashman salary at 50 % because after all thanks to cashman they did safe a hugh amount of cash!

December 14, 2010  02:03 PM ET

all this talk about pitchers breaking down..pettite is 38 and will get a boatload of money...lee is 32...and got a load of money..why begrudge the dude for getting what the market would hold?

December 14, 2010  02:04 PM ET

so you offer the guy 150 million and you are thankful he didn't take it? why offer him the money in the first place? this is the most illogical thing i've read today.

December 14, 2010  02:23 PM ET

Baseball sure is a funny game!!

December 14, 2010  02:50 PM ET

Had to see this one coming... the Yankees badly need Pettitte now. I wouldn't be surprised if they give him $15 million guaranteed for 2011.

December 14, 2010  03:09 PM ET

"It was clear from Day One Lee didn't really want to be here."

Neither did CC, but money makes people do funny things.

It doesn't sound like Pettitte is too enthused about playing either.

December 14, 2010  03:16 PM ET

"In one crazy way, the Yankees were thankful that Lee didn't take their money"

wow you can put a spin on just about anything i guess...there is no way anyone in NY is even close to thankful that lee didnt sign...

 
December 14, 2010  04:06 PM ET
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"In one crazy way, the Yankees were thankful that Lee didn't take their money"wow you can put a spin on just about anything i guess...there is no way anyone in NY is even close to thankful that lee didnt sign...

Please! One player can never make that much of a difference in baseball. Case in point: Barry Bonds (though, under the steroid cloud) was the most feared player of his time and played every day! Any championships? No! How many trips to the WS? One! Yankee fans have nothing to worry about because we always put a good team out there. The main thing is reaching the playoffs! Once that starts it's anybody's championship to win. And soon we'll have 2 more teams with a crack at it...woah! Gotta love baseball!

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