Welcome Back Andy!!
It was announced a few hours ago that Andy Pettitte has signed a minor league deal and is returning to the Yankees, as they have offered him a non-roster position with a chance to make the big club. Yankee fans, please DO NOT PANIC!!! This move is not a reflection of any of the pitchers currently on the team. Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda and company will be fine this year. I know there has been some worry about Pineda’s weight and lack of velocity, but relax. It is early, we still have a couple weeks until anything counts and the Yankees rotation will be fine. The Yankees did not contact Andy Pettitte in a move of desperation. Andy reached out to the Yankees and we all need to be happy that a member of the core four has a chance of being back in the fold.
Apparently after his year off, Andy got the itch to play. He called Brian Cashman in late December and told him that he was planning on working out. Andy said that if he was able to complete a 6 week program and the Yankees has any need for pitching, he would love a try out. Cashman said alright, but that he was going to continue to pursue pitching options in the meantime. After Cash signed Kuroda and traded for Pineda, he contacted Pettitte and told him to shut it down, that the team had filled its pitching needs. However, he invited Andy to Spring Training as a special coach and told Andy accepted. Apparently, once at camp, Andy realized how much he missed his old teammates. He called Cashman in for a private meeting and told him he wasn’t able to shut the work outs down and he asked Cashman to play with the numbers, pay him whatever the team could afford and give him a shot with any role on this team. The Yankees came up with a minor league deal that could pay Andy 2.5 million if he makes the team.
As all baseball fans know, a team can not have too much pitching. Andy is a big game pitcher and I will always trust him in a big spot. He has come through time and again. His 240-138 record only tells a small part of Andy’s legacy. He has been a part of 5 World Series teams for the Yankees, and even if his pitching is not what it used to be, having him in the clubhouse, especially around all the young pitchers the Yankees now have, will only be a positive. However, in his last year he was 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA. He suffered from injuries but came back for the playoffs and was his clutch self, starting 2 games and posting a 2.57 ERA. Bottom line is this is not a risky move. The Yankees have absolutely nothing to lose. If Andy doesn’t have it anymore than the Yankees will be just fine. But if he does still have something in the tank, and I believe he does, the Yankees will have that much of a better chance of getting Jeter, Mariano and Pettitte a 6th ring.