Friday, March 16, 2012
How the Pettitte deal went down
By Andrew Marchand
Andy Pettitte's juices first started flowing after hearing about an interview in which Yankees GM Brian Cashman expressed an interest in him returning.
"Andy called me at sometime in late December," Cashman said. "He said, 'I heard about your interview with Michael Kay and it really got my juices flowing.' He said, 'Hey, I heard about your interview on Michael and it got me thinking about it. I 'd like to work out and see where it takes me."
In December, before the trade for Michael Pineda and the signing of Hiroki Kuroda, Cashman made Pettitte a substantial offer, somewhere in the $10-12 million range, Cashman said. At that point, Pettitte was not ready to commit to a deal.
"He said, 'I would like to work out for six weeks and determine if can or not,'" Cashman recalled. "I said, 'I can't wait six weeks.'"
Pettitte started working out, but after the Pineda and Kuroda moves, Cashman said he had no more money left. Pettitte shut down his workouts. Or, at least, Cashman thought he did.
In late February, Pettitte came to Yankees camp as a special instructor. During that time, Pettitte pulled Cashman in Joe Girardi's office.
Pettitte told Cashman that after taking a week off after the Pineda and Kuroda acquisitions, Pettitte started working out again.
"He said, 'I'm really interested in playing,'" Cashman said.
Last Saturday in Orlando, Pettitte threw BP at Disney before the Yankees-Braves game. He was in the area with a church group, but Cashman and Pettitte spoke at the batting cage for a long time.
The following Tuesday morning, Cashman organized a secret 7:30 bullpen session, attended by Cashman, Girardi, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and Stick Michael.
On Friday morning, Hal Steinbrenner signed off on the extra $2.5 million deal. Now, Pettitte is expected to arrive either Monday or Tuesday of next week. He probably won't be ready for the majors until May.