AL East Notes: Pettitte, Ellsbury

The Orioles assured themselves of a winning season with a win in Oakland over the Athletics yesterday. Baltimore's road trip continues in Seattle today, and with a win the O's can gain a half game on the idle Yankees. Here are today's AL East notes…

  • Yankees starter Andy Pettitte says he’s not sure whether he’ll pitch next year, Brian Heyman of the Journal News reports. The left-hander, who is is scheduled to pitch against the Blue Jays tomorrow, will think about his options in the offseason. He indicated he’s more likely to return because injuries have limited him in 2012.
  • Team president Randy Levine recently recently said the Yankees would discuss a contract with Pettitte if he decides to return for another season.
  • One MLB executive said there’s “zero” chance the Red Sox sign Jacoby Ellsbury to a contract extension before he reaches free agency at the end of the 2013 season, Sean McAdam of reports. The rotation will be Boston’s offseason focus, but the team’s offense also has question marks, McAdam writes.

22 Responses to AL East Notes: Pettitte, Ellsbury Leave a Reply

  1. dc21892 3 years ago

    I wouldn’t say zero chance. Theres a chance, it’s probably just low. I like Ellsbury, but it may be time to move him this offseason and save 100M+.

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      unless ellsbury disregards boras like weaver did, there is indeed zero chance

    • flickadave 3 years ago

      Save $100 million for what? To spend on the soccer team?

      • Lionel Bossman Craft 3 years ago

        Really saved to be spent appropriately elsewhere to fill the many holes in the roster or to save (keep) to stay under the new luxury tax.

    • PWNdroia 3 years ago

      It’s certainly time to trade him. Ellsbury + Doubront + Kalish + Iglesias for Felix Hernandez (or something similar to that). Then sign Jake Peavy to a reasonable deal. Now we’re talking.

      • Baseball Lifer 3 years ago

        That would not come come near getting a deal done. Heck there are multiple teams that would offer better packages than that.

        • PWNdroia 3 years ago

          Throw in more and it could work. Seriously, I’d do anything to get the best pitcher in baeball.

          • Baseball Lifer 3 years ago

            Think about your offer…. Ellsbury has had 1 great year (2011), maybe 2 good years (2008 & 2009), and 3 years full of underacheiving and trips to the DL. Doubrant has ERA of 5.11 (horrible). Kalish is hitting .229, still hurting from last years operations, not to mention he is looking more like a 4th outfeilder at this point. Iglesias is a “all-glove” type of SS who struggled to hit .269 in the minors and hasnt hit anything in his short call up so far (.067)…
            There is little to no value here to SEA. SEA already has a team full of those types of players. I will venture out and say that EVERY team in baseball would make a better offer than the offer you propossed if the KING became available…. Including the Boston Red Sox’s.

      • nesportsfan 3 years ago

        You’d have to trade Brentz instead of Kalish and Cechini instead of Iglesias, even then it would be tough to get a deal done.

  2. corey23 3 years ago

    Andy Pettitte, the new Brett Favre.

    • Slopeboy 3 years ago


      It’s a bit premature to say that, given he’s retired just once. Let him text you some photos, then you can call him Favre.

      • corey23 3 years ago

        he did talk about it a few times before finally doing it… but I’ll wait patiently by my phone for the photos

        • MB923 3 years ago

          There’s a difference between thinking about retiring and announcing you’re retiring (which Favre has already done 3 times as opposed to Pettitte once)

          As of now, Pettitte = 1/3rd Brett Favre

          • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

            did he retire or did he say he wasn’t playing? i dont remember

          • MB923 3 years ago

            Which one? lol

          • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

            sorry I meant pettitte

          • MB923 3 years ago

            He “retired” but then came back. In other years, he said he was going to think about it because he wasn’t sure. Just like as it mentions here.

  3. NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

    Don’t know if letting Ellsbury walk is the right decision but if they can manage to perhaps speed up the rebuilding/restructuring of the team I would be all for it.

  4. ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

    The Red Sox were given a massive gift last year – A monster season from Ellsbury with multiple years of control left. They SHOULD have traded Ellsbury last summer for a starter.

    Sensible Red Sox fans know he’s not coming back. What is the point keeping him around if you can get (not anymore..) gold in return?

    • Baseball Lifer 3 years ago

      Why do all/alot of Red Sox fans think Ellsbury is not coming back?

  5. Ellsbury had a very good year last year, but isn’t doing squat this year. Was there “juice” in his cup last year? Could he be dogging it this year as payback for 2010, so the Sox won’t get much for him in any off-season trade or is he not as good as some think? If I’m the Sox, I would never sign him to any long term, big buck contract. One good year isn’t worth a 7 year, $140 mil contract. He’s unproven, long term, and he’s way too chancy.

  6. hawkny1 3 years ago

    Ellsbury states that he likes playing in Boston. He also knows that having missed more than a year of playing time out of the last 3 seasons does not bode well for negotiating contract longevity or more money… My best guess…Jacoby re-signs with Boston, perhaps, 3 years and $30M (8,10,12) with a mutual option for year #4.

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