Everyday until spring training begins the "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog will review one player from the Yankees roster. We will review a total of 25 players, the 25 we believe will be on the active roster after spring training. Our reviews are all edited by Carl Pavano himself to insure they're up to the stringent "Pavano Tough" standards.
We were going to continue reviewing our outfield, but with the recent Pettitte signing I think its just as good to cover him. Pettitte recently signing a $5.5 million deal with incentives that can bring it up to $12 million. These incentives are not difficult to reach, if he stays healthy. The incentives are as follows:
150 Innings Pitched: $500,000
160 Innings Pitched: $500,000
170 Innings Pitched: $500,000
180 Innings Pitched: $750,000
190 Innings Pitched: $750,000
200 Innings Pitched: $750,000
120 Days on the Active 25-man Roster: $100,000
130 Days on the Active 25-man Roster: $200,000
140 Days on the Active 25-man Roster: $250,000
150 Days on the Active 25-man Roster: $250,000
160 Days on the Active 25-man Roster: $400,000
170 Days on the Active 25-man Roster: $400,000
180 Days on the Active 25-man Roster: $400,000
If he were to stay healthy all season, it would be reasonable to expect that he would hit all these incentives. So how will Pettitte do? There is no doubt that Pettitte betters this team immensly, and that the Yankees are in a far greater position with him on the team, then with him off it. Last season was not a good one for Pettitte. He struggled throughout the season and ended with a 4.54 ERA and a 14-14 record. His second half was abysmal. It was largely understood that his faulty season was a result of a hurt shoulder, thus the wisdom in giving an incentive laden contract. Despite his troubles, Pettitte did throw 204 innings last season, and 204 innings of a bad Pettitte are still better than 204 innings of most of the pitchers we would use to replace him with.
My Fearless Prediction:
Its hard to foresee Pettitte being injury free next season. I think that he'll pitch far better than he did this past season, something to the tune of a 3.86 ERA and at least 14 wins. I do think he will miss time with an injury, but don't think it will be more than a few starts. He'll be absolutely stellar in the post season.
Little Known Pettitte Fact:
The show Walker Texas Ranger is loosely based on the life of Andy Pettitte.