I'm sure you heard the rumors: the Yankees want to sign a potential ace, but reports indicate that he might bolt for California. But wait, says an informed source, the rumors aren't true!
Sadly, Yankees fans, I'm not talking about CC Sabathia but rather Andy Pettitte. The Dodgers surprised some folks last week by admitting they have "some interest" in Pettitte, but skipper Joe Torre told Ken Davidoff of Newsday that he thinks it's a lost cause:
"He was always married to the Yankees, the excitement playing for the Yankees. I called him only because his agent called Ned [Colletti, the Dodgers' GM]. I certainly would've kicked myself [if I hadn't called]. He never said no to anything, but just from talking to him, I know the Yankees are his first choice. I wasn't about to talk him out of it, knowing Andy like I do."
If that's the case, why did his agent call the Dodgers in the first place? From the sounds of things, it seems they're simply doing their due diligence, gauging the market so they have more leverage with the Yankees.
Pettitte reaffirmed his desire to stay with the Yankees in an interview with the New York Times this week, but said he's going to sit back and let his agent handle negotiations. Pettitte earned $10 million last year, and the Yankees want to re-sign him for $10 million. Considering the Hot Stove League has barely started to heat up, it's perfectly understandable for Pettitte's agents to wait and see if the Yanks start to sweat, especially as Sabathia stalls and A.J. Burnett (apparently) packs his bags for Atlanta.