Pettitte To The Yankees
Andy Pettitte has reportedly just signed with the Yankees which could have an even greater implication on the Jays and the AL East division in general.Â Since Pettitte is now a Yankee, could Clemens be that far behind? Clemens did decide to play in Houston because of his family but also so that he could play with one of his good friends, Andy Pettitte. If this season is actually going to be his swan song (if he does play at all) I could see him wanting to finish it in a Yankees uniform while having a legitimate chance to retire with another World Series Championship. If that happens…. the Jays are in big trouble.Â
With the most competitive division in basebally getting an injection of arms such as Matsuzaka, Pettitte, Clemens, Kei Igawa and Papelbon as a starter, the Jays are in tough competing with a back end of Chacin, Marcum, McGowan/Towers.Â This only increases the sense of urgency for the Jays to bolster their starting rotation.Â Â With all of this talk of trading Wells, I don’t think that is entirely necessary.Â Â A RichardÂ Griffin of theÂ Star says,Â why don’t the Jays take the saved money and sign Wells, trading spare parts, many of which are valued by other teams â€” Dustin McGowan, Adam Lind, Shaun Marcum, Jeremy Accardo or Casey Janssen â€” for a No.3-4 starter with three to five years of service who costs a few million dollars until your own studs are ready (which studs are you talking about Richard?)Â It’s like the decision to use a colon when a semi-colon will suffice.
And now, the complaint about being a small market team unable to compete with the big boys doesn’t work with a payroll in the 90 million range. It is time to put up or shut up.