For 2 years $32 million, 2nd year is an option year that will kick in automatically if he reaches certain milestones–My guess would be innings pitched or starts made. Good luck in New York Andy.
Let’s see what the Astros and Tim Purpura do now.
Update 3:43 PM: Tim Purpura can’t be reached by 790, they are assuming he is on the phone with CWS, Rockies or Padres.
3:56 PM: According to 790, the Hendricks bros went to the Astros with an offer for $14 mil, 1 year, 2nd year player’s option. Basically, if Andy’s arm doesn’t fall off this year, the 2nd year option would kick in no matter how bad or good he would be in 2007. I think the Astros were smart to turn it down.
Ticker Update, 4:34 PM: Astros GM Tim Purpura said the player option was the deal breaker. The Jon Garland deals looks even more less likely now than 24 hours ago. Astros better get Peavy, Jennings or Willis now.
Last Update for the night: As of 7 PM Central time, Andy Pettitte still had "no comment" for the Houston media.
Why won’t you face the Houston media Andy? Are you scared that fans in Houston will shun you now? Call you a turncoat?
Personally, if he’d faced the media right away and admitted he felt it was the best decision for him, no one in Houston would have blamed him–after all, he was a free agent.
The Rocket better take note of this "no comment" business. If he decides to go to the Yankees or Red Sox, Houston fans won’t blame him UNLESS he pulls an Andy and his no comment–Rocket has a rather lucrative restaurant in Houston that may suddenly get shunned….
Don’t forget guys, you BOTH have to live in Houston after you hang up your cleats!