Pettitte rejects Yankees' offer

The New York Times reports that left-handed starter Andy Pettitte has rejected the Yankees' one-year, $10 million offer. The door does not appear closed on Pettitte returning to New York. The New York Daily News reported that according to a person close to the situation, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has "had dialogue" in recent days with Pettitte's agents, Randy and Alan Hendricks.

  . This may or may not be of interest to Dodgers fans, but if the lefthanded does not sign, he might be targeted by General Manager Ned Colletti, who is looking for another starter.

Last month, Pettitte told The Times that he wanted to return to the Yankees but was leaving the matter to his agents. Randy Hendricks did not respond to an e-mail message on Monday, The Times reported.

The $10 million offer Pettitte reportedly rejected would represent a $6 million decrease from the $16 million the Yankees paid Pettitte last year. And that comes at the same time the team has pledged $180 million to first baseman Mark Teixeria and a combined $243.5 million for starting pitchers CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.

Pettitte went 14-14 with a 4.54 ERA last season, after starting the year at the center of baseball's performance-enhancing drugs scandal.

Pettitte, 36, waited until early December 2007 to tell the Yankees he would pitch in 2008. That was before the release of the Mitchell report, which included Pettitte, and he had not told the Yankees he might be included in the report, which said he had used human growth hormone. He subsequently admitted using HGH and was supported publicly by the Yankees.

Colletti, Boras Still Talking
For the record only, since nothing has moved in the "negotiations", Manny Ramirez's agent and Dodgers' GM Ned Colletti are still talking Manny Ramirez's agent and Dodgers' Ned Colletti are still talking

"We still have differences on what we think, but we're still talking," Colletti said.

The Dodgers are focused on acquiring pitching, especially in the bullpen, according to Colletti. All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman remains a possibility. And they also have interest in Takashi Saito, but haven't heard from him for some time. And Colletti said the Dodgers were not interested in signing Pedro Martinez.

Castro Signed, Invited to S.T.
The Dodgers signed free-agent infielder Juan Castro to a minor league contract and invited the utilityman to spring training. Castro, 36, hit .193 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 61 games with Baltimore and Cincinnati last season, but the Dodgers liked his ability to play shortstop as a possible backup to Rafael Furcal.

The split contract would pay Castro $700,000 in major league salary plus incentives beginning at 250 plate appearances. The 14-year veteran would make less in the minors, and he has an out clause in the contract.

Bart Shirley Honored
Former major leaguer and multi-sport athlete Bart Shirley will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fifth Annual South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet on Feb. 5.

Shirley graduated from Ray High School in 1958 and went to Texas on a football scholarship. With the Longhorns, he played running back and defensive back for Darrell Royal and shortstop for Bibb Falk.

Shirley went on to join the Dodgers' organization and got his first call-up to the majors in 1964. He spent parts of three seasons with the Dodgers and Mets, hitting .204 in 75 career games.

After his playing career, he joined Class AAA Spokane of the Pacific Coast League and was a player-coach for Tommy Lasorda. He spent three years as a manager in the Dodgers' minor league system and two years as a player-coach in Japan in the 1970s.

Past Lifetime Achievement Award winners are Burt Hooton (2005), Brooks Kieschnick (2006), Rudy Jaramillo (2007) and Ox Miller (2008).

MLB Network Operational
On January 1, Major League Baseball opened their baseball channel and one of the first features was the 1956 World Series game that Don Larson pitched a no-hitter against the Dodgers.

The show, in black and white, was complete with between-innings commercial for Gilette and featured only two cameras. Mel Allen and a young Vin Scully split the announcing jobs.

Bob Costas emceed interviews with Yogi Berra and Larson and among the highlights was Larsen's admission that he initially was unaware he had thrown a perfect game. Not that he didn't realize he had retired all 27 batters; he simply was not familiar with the term "perfect game" and figured he had just pitched an extra-good no-hitter.

Dodger Blue Notes: The Cubs signed free agent OF Milton Bradley to a 3 year, $30 million contract. ...The Angels gave manager Mike Scioscia a contract extension through 2012. ...Terry Kennedy was named manager of San Antonio in the Texas League (San Diego). ...Dennis Lewellyn was named pitching coach and Tom Byers hitting coach for Tennessee in the Southern League (Chicago Cubs).