Today, the Yankees are reportedly close to a one-year deal with starting pitcher Andy Pettitte. A number of sources are reporting that the contract will be worth somewhere between $10-11 million.
The Yankees also hope to wrap up a one-year deal with closer Mariano Rivera before the week’s end.
Catcher Russell Martin is looking on the open market, hoping to snag a four-year deal worth between $36-40 million. The Yankees remain in the mix to resign Martin, but they’re not likely to give him that many years or that much money annually. With catchers Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart, Eli Whiteside and Austin Romine on the 40-man roster – and big-time prospects Gary Sanchez and J.R. Murphy in the farm system – the team isn’t looking for a long-term solution behind the plate.
With Nick Swisher likely to sign elsewhere, the Yankees still have a hole in the outfield. Torii Hunter, who had emerged as a leading candidate to take over in right field, signed with Detroit instead.
In Flushing, the Mets have reportedly offered third baseman David Wright a seven-year contract extension worth in excess of $100 million. The team is also working out an extension offer for pitcher R.A. Dickey. Both Wright and Dickey are signed through the 2013 season.
The winter meetings take place in Nashville, Tenn. December 3-6.
The Yankees look like they’ll keep their pitching together for 2013, while also keeping the payroll flexible for 2014. The Mets, on the other hand, could decide to trade Wright and/or Dickey during the winter meetings should the contract extension offers not work. If you’re the GM, what’s your move? Let me know on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.