Andy Pettitte is now a member of the Houston Astros. This is going to take a minute to get used to. Buster Olney writes that the Yankees have nobody to blame but themselves for not getting a deal done with the southpaw. According to Olney, losing Pettitte is a portent of things to come:
Pettitte's departure also is another indication of the overwhelming dysfunction that looms on the horizon for the Yankees. Manager Joe Torre -- who argued to prevent the Yankees from trading Pettitte to Philadelphia in 1999, and argued again this offseason for the Yankees to aggressively re-sign the left-hander -- goes into next year as a lame-duck manager.
He has indicated he does not want to talk about another extension, and it's easy to envision an early-season slump leading to his dismissal, a last chance for George Steinbrenner to humiliate Torre on the way out; that's what Steinbrenner does.
Torre could go at some point, in an era when Steinbrenner is increasingly pursuing players like Raul Mondesi and Gary Sheffield. The Yankees' players thought last season was a whacky, contentious ride; well, they ain't seen nothing yet.
The Pettitte signing goes down just before the winter meetings are to start in New Orleans. Jayson Stark reports that there could be a flurry of activity this weekend in the Big Easy, and not just the A Rod blockbuster. What will the Yankees do to replace Pettitte? The hot rumors all involve Kevin Brown.
Never a dull moment, huh? Who said there was an off-season in Yankee land?