Yanks sign Colon, could offer Pettitte $12M
When you don’t have enough pitching, just sign Bartolo Colon.
That’s been the case, it seems, for the past few years and, today, the Yankees took on that meme, signing Colon to a minor-league deal worth 900k. Colon, a former Cy Young winner in 2005, also has the right to be released if he doesn’t make the team following Spring Training. The move is low-risk and low-reward, of course, but, I admit, it does trouble me. Why? Because the Yankees seem to have no real plan going into the 2011 season. We’re at the point now where Brian Cashman is hoping for lightning to strike. When you consider how strong the AL East has become, what we’ve seen this winter is somewhat disconcerting, at least to me (and I’m normally not a doom and gloom guy).
There is some good news, however. According to Craig Calceterra, there is a “very strong possibility” that Andy Pettitte, a man the Yankees particularly need, will pitch in 2011. Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports that the Yankees are willing to offer Pettitte a $12M deal, which will hopefully lure the left-hander back for another year in the Bronx (it’s well-deserved as Pettitte was worth 2.3 WAR in an injury-laden 2010 season).
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