Pettitte is also quite a bit richer today than he was a week ago, having just signed a one year deal worth a staggering $13 million. This King's ransom, despite coming out of retirement a year ago and winning just five games last year. I know, I know, he was injured for a good deal of the season. But, c'mon, 13 mill from a team looking to trim payroll? For a guy knocking on 40 years old?
The undisputed greatest "short" reliever in the history of the game, Mariano Rivera, also is a richer man this week, having re-upped for one year at $10 million. Rivera had a remarkably injury-free 18 year career until a freak accident during batting practice in Kansas City early last season kept him on the sidelines for the duration of the year.
Rivera no doubt enjoyed his 43rd birthday yesterday. And while $10 mill is a ton of money for a player at his advanced age, consider that Mo saved 44 games in 2011 with an ERA of 1.91. In fact, previous to 2012 when he was well on his way to yet another dominant season, his ERA was under two runs a game in eight of the previous nine seasons, appearing in no less than 61 games a year during that span--a staggering body of work.
So how does Pettitte, who sat out 2011 and appeared in just 12 games last season, get $3 million more than Rivera?
And which team was calling Pettitte's agent and offering anywhere near $13 million for one year?
Isn't Yankee GM Brian Cashman looking to trim payroll? He certainly did today by letting catcher Russell Martin walk to the Pittsburgh Pirates in what amounts to chump change in the Yankee Universe. But that's off subject.
Either Rivera doesn't really care much about money anymore, having amassed well over 150 million dollars during his career, or he needs Pettitte's agent to do his negotiating. Because clearly, Rivera is worth a lot more to the Yankees' chances of playing serious October baseball than Pettitte.