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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Klapisch: Yanks would prefer if Andy Pettitte didn’t pitch in World Baseball Classic

Anyone who sees Andy Pettitte’s name on the World Baseball Classic roster has to be blinking in disbelief: What is this 40-year-old thinking, rushing through spring training to play in a high-intensity March tournament?

The Yankees are just as stupefied. They’re no fans of the WBC, at least when it comes to loaning out injury-prone players, especially in Pettitte’s case. He was on the DL for nearly three months last year with a broken ankle, so you can picture how GM Brian Cashman must’ve stopped breathing when Pettitte volunteered to anchor Joe Torre’s roster.

Technically, the Yankees can’t block Pettitte, as the WBC is a holy marriage between Bud Selig and the union — a global marketing tool that makes money for everyone. The teams have no say in the makeup of the roster, which means it’s Pettitte’s call.

Then again, maybe not.

Tournament eligibility is based upon insurance coverage — meaning, a player’s contract would have to be guaranteed in the event of injury while participating in the WBC. Insurers typically shun those older than 38, or ones who suffer from a chronic injury. In all likelihood Pettitte, over the age-threshold, will be deemed uninsurable, which means the Yankees will eventually be able to exhale.

Thanks to Homeless Carlos.

Repoz Posted: January 17, 2013 at 09:16 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hack Wilson Posted: January 17, 2013 at 09:27 AM (#4348890)
France needs all the pitching they can get, look for Pettitte to throw a lot of innings. Heck, Jeff Francoeur may have to throw a few innings for the Frenchies.
   2. TDF, situational idiot Posted: January 17, 2013 at 09:52 AM (#4348902)
So the front page reads "Klapsich: Yanks would prefer if Andy Pettitte didn't pitch...".

Makes you wonder why they signed him. DH?
   3. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: January 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM (#4348917)
How will this affect his Hall of Fame chances?
   4. Gamingboy Posted: January 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM (#4348970)
He isn't going to pitch. Either he dropped out at the last second or the USA brass picked Derek Holland as the lefty starter instead.
   5. puck Posted: January 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM (#4349019)
No Tulo on the US roster.

Apparently the concern over his recovery comes from the WBC, as insurance is involved:

The door remains slightly ajar that he could be added later. It’s Tulo’s understanding that the WBC committee would need to see him play in spring training games testing his surgically-repaired left groin before deciding whether to move forward. The WBC would have to insure his contract, assuming a risk given the $140 million remaining on his deal.

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