Lure of Yankees draws Pettitte in; Red Sox have issues

Updated: July 16, 2008, 12:50 PM ET
By Peter Gammons | Special to ESPN.com

Of course it helps to have the Yankees' revenues to take on Bobby Abreu's $15 million salary when the Phillies want him out of town and pay Andy Pettitte $16 million off a 14-13, 4.20 ERA season.

Though Yankee Stadium in the late 1980s was about the last place this side of a West Virginia coal mine that anyone wanted to play, what Gene Michael and Buck Showalter turned around and Brian Cashman and Joe Torre have cultivated is a place players want to go to and win.

Oh, winning ...

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