Wednesday was highlighted by Ted Lilly, of all people, whose agent informed the Blue Jays early in the day that they were out of the mix, leaving the Cubs and Yankees to battle for his services.
By the time people began thinking about their dinner plans, Lilly had agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal with the Cubs, leaving the Yankees to focus on the true object of their desire — Andy Pettitte.
In my opinion, the Yankees were never truly serious about signing Lilly, who would have cost them $56 million over four years when you factor in the luxury tax. But by making themselves a part of the Lilly sweepstakes, the Yanks forced Pettitte to make a decision regarding his future, as his agent announced that he would play in 2007.
I know that many people believe that Pettitte will never leave Houston, but I’m not so sure about that. If he knows that this is his final season, then there would be no better place for Pettitte to finish his career than in the Bronx.
As for the rest of the day, Jason Schmidt told teammates he was headed for the Dodgers for three years and $47 million, catchers changed addresses as Bengie Molina joined the Giants, Mike Lieberthal became a Dodger and Mike Piazza signed with the A’s to be Oakland’s DH.
The news was capped off by an evening trade which sent Freddy Garcia from the White Sox to the Phillies for Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez. That deal ended my colleague Ken Mandel’s dinner, as he left our table to head back to the Dolphin Hotel to pursue the story. Sorry Mandel, it was a pretty good meal.
As I dined with my colleagues, we began discussing the greatest sitcom characters of all-time. So I pose the question to you: Who is the greatest sitcom character of all-time? There is no real criteria here, so just throw out your answers.
My top 4: George Costanza, Archie Bunker, Norm Peterson and Homer Simpson.
The Rule 5 Draft takes place Thursday morning, though the Yankees won’t be making any news there. Brian Cashman takes off on Thursday afternoon, and in all likelihood, will head back to New York with the same team he had when he got here.