Andy Pettitte will get his full $2.5 million as of Thursday

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Thursday is a big day for Andy Pettitte. He vests fully:

Andy Pettitte will be guaranteed his full $2.5 million from the New York Yankees come Thursday …

His contract calls for a $2 million base salary, and since he missed the first 39 days of the season the prorated share of his base pay is $1,573,770. His contract calls for two roster bonuses: $500,000 for five days and $250,000 for 10 days. It also calls for performance bonuses of $500,000 for one start and $250,000 each for two and three starts.

Seems kind of odd that Pettitte should get so much benefit from five or ten days on the roster, but then again, when he signed there was no guarantee that his arm wouldn’t fall clean off after a rehab start or two.  He’s Pettitte so he seems as solid a bet or anything, but it’s not like there’s a long and glorious history of guys his age taking a year off, not engaging in any baseball activities, and then just starting up again.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.