Archive for November 5th, 2007

Monday, November 5th, 2007
Yankees Rumors & News

On Monday night, Andy Pettitte informed the Yankees that he has declined his $16 million player option for 2008.

The decision to decline the ’08 option doesn’t mean Pettitte’s time in pinstripes is over.

“He told me specifically this is not about waiting to see what kind of club we have on the field and anything regarding the manager,” Yanks GM Brian Cashman said. “He’s earned the right to take some more time, as far as we’re concerned.”

It appears that Andy isn’t completely ruling out a return to the Bronx in 2008, but does need some more time to decide. Pettite told KRIV television last week “It probably wouldn’t be real honorable for me not to do anything other than if I shut it down, shut it down or go back and play for the New York Yankees.”

At the moment the Yankees rotation looks like this: Chein Ming Wang, Mike Mussina, Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy. Kei Igawa could be placed in the rotation if Pettitte does …

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The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are making Scott Kazmir available for trade according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

This off-season there are many teams in need of starting pitching, but the best free agent starters are all over the age of 40. This is leading many teams to sift through trade possibilities.

The biggest names of pitchers who might be traded are Johan Santana of the Minnesota Twins and Rich Harden of the Oakland Athletics and now apparently Kazmir.

With so many rumors surrounding the Twins and Santana, the Devil Rays are thinking that they could get as much or more for a player still under control for the next three seasons as opposed to Santana who will be a free agent a year from now.

The reason they may want more prospects is because they have a very strong group of young offensive players but a complete lack of a decent pitching staff. Figuring it may take two to three more years to compete they are now …

Jets Kicked in OT

Jets Rumors & News

The Washington Redskins didn’t make it look pretty, but they did what they had to do and beat the Jets in overtime, 23-20, to stay in the NFC East playoff race.

The game featured special teams’ play from start to finish, with Leon Washington returning the opening kickoff for a touch down and then Shaun Shuisam kicking the game-winning field goal with 7:48 left in overtime. 

The Jets won the toss and received the ball to start the OT, only to punt it away after four plays when Jericho Cotchery dropped a third-down pass that would have given the Jets a first down and allowed the drive to continue. The Redskins took advantage of getting the ball in OT and drove 61 yards on 11 plays (8 of them runs) against the Jets’ porous defense. Shuisam kicked a 46-yard field goal to send the Jets’ fans home, reeling again, from another game that woulda, coulda, shoulda been.

Kellen Clemens looked impressive in his first start. While his stats were solid but not fabulous (23/42 for 226 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs), …

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