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UPDATE: There’s nothing to the Rangers-Andy Pettitte story

Nov 30, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

Pettitte looks in

UPDATE: Call off the Pettitte-to-Texas party. Jeff Wilson at the Star-Telegram spoke with Nolan Ryan late last night and said that there is no truth to the report that the Rangers are interested in Andy Pettitte. To the extent Pettitte and Nolan Ryan talked, it was to exchange pleasantries, and to the extent Pettitte talked about pitching next year it was to say that he was pitching for the Yankees or nowhere.

So that’s no fun. But hey, no one said the truth had to be fun.

Monday, 9:31 P.M.: This is fun.

According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Rangers president Nolan Ryan recently contacted free agent left-hander Andy Pettitte in order to gauge the veteran left-hander’s interest in returning to his home state.

Pettitte, 38, recently said that if he decides to pitch again next season, it will be as a member of the Yankees, but a few extra dollars and the lure of pitching closer to his home in Deer Park, Texas could be enough to change his mind. Hey, he’s done it before, so perhaps they have history on their side. Plus, because the Yankees did not offer Pettitte arbitration, it would not cost the Rangers a draft pick to sign him.

At the very least, the Rangers’ interest could give the 38-year-old left-hander some much needed leverage. Pettitte earned $11.5 million this past season while posting a 3.28 ERA over 21 starts. He figures to be handsomely rewarded in what will likely be his last season.

Who knows if this will go anywhere, but it would be pretty interesting to see the Yankees and Rangers battle it out for both Pettitte and Cliff Lee.

  1. pisano - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    Good luck on this one Rangers. If he comes back for another year he’ll be in pinstripes. The Yankees will make him a good offer and unlike Jeter he’ll accept it if he wants to play another year.

  2. jh0088 - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Okay, so I have this little tiny corner of the internet where I sometimes write these poorly written blog posts about the Yankees. I’ve loved that team since 1978 because I was six years old, living in Long Island and my father was a delivery man for the company that made the Reggie Bar. Remember the Reggie Bar? All chocolate and nuts and caramel? So anyway, I’m six when Bucky Dent ht that Home Run and my Dad was given tickets to the World Series that year as a bonus for being the best driver at Standard Brands. And… so yeah, been a Yankee fan pretty much my whole life.

    And so I have this blog for one reason and one reason only. So I can publically play the “I told you so, look at how smart I am at predicting stuff” game.

    And I totally nailed this one! Bear no mind that I wrote that post during the second inning of Game 1 of the series when it looked like the Rangers were easily the best team in baseball, but yeah… I saw the Rangers making a major move for Pettite as my worst nightmare back in October.

    http://yankeesgameday.blogspot.com/2010/10/andy-pettite-as-ranger.html

    (oh and I really have to apologize for the first paragraph of this comment coming off as a hackneyed Brighton Beach Memoirs monologue… ‘tell me about George Raft, ma.”)

    • mtner77 - Nov 30, 2010 at 3:04 AM

      ….”Remember the Reggie Bar?”….

      Nope. Never heard of it.

      But I have eaten plenty of Baby Ruth’s and Oh Henry’s. Go figure!

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 30, 2010 at 4:52 AM

    Go for it guys. I agree with pisano, if Andy comes back it will be as a Yankee. Length of the contract certainly isn’t a problem as for dollars I doubt very seriously that will be an issue. Andy will get a raise if he comes back.
    Over the past 10 days or so there have been endless articles about the Rangers “going after” about 5 or 6 different players. I think writers are letting that new TV contract the Rangers signed go to their heads.

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