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Welcome Back Andy!!

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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.

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7 responses

  1. Benjamin Hale

    This is an excellent move for the Yankees no question. We’re talking about a pitcher who’s never really had a bad season unless you count 2008 when he posted a 4.54 ERA, the only worse-than-average mark of his career. Despite this he still managed decent peripheral numbers that year with a 2.9 K/BB ratio and a 3.71 FIP. In fact in 16 MLB seasons (13 of which were played in the hitting gauntlet that is the AL East) Andy never posted an FIP higher than league average. Take that and combine it with a player who’s a proven winner with a career record of 240-138. His winning percentage of .635 puts him at 39 on the all time list and better than a few pitchers you might have heard of: Juan Marichal, Bob Feller, Greg Maddux, Cy Young, Roy Oswalt and Cliff Lee. Then there’s the post season where his career 3.83 ERA and winning percentage of .655 are eerily similar to his regular season numbers demonstrating that Andy doesn’t crumble when the going get’s tough. This is a pitcher, a gamer, a man the Yankees want on their team in any way possible. $2.5 and a minor league contract is not a lot to give up for all that.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:07 AM

  2. Carlos solis

    As a Yankee fan, I am happy for the return to the Bronx of one of the most beloved Yankees of all times, Andy Pettitte. If he makes the rotation, after taking a year off, It would be unfair to expect a dominant season (20 games) from him. But if he’s healthy, gets back in shape soon, and starts pitching by the middle of may, he could win 10-12 games. One thing We can assured is that every time Pettitte pith, he’s going to give us his best high quality.

    March 17, 2012 at 12:28 AM

  3. JennyB

    You cannot compare this situation to the Favre debacle, other than the fact that they both came back from retirement. Pettitte reached out privately to one club, which, as has been previously noted, is a franchise with which he has a legacy. He didn’t make a public announcement and allow teams to bid for him for a spot in any starting rotation, and seemingly isn’t even necessarily looking for that on the Yankees. It’s a little premature to say that he will attain one, as it’s unlikely that the franchise will begin the regular season acknowledging that they have such serious doubts about any of their starters. I do agree that it will be beneficial for the Yankees’ young rotation to have a guy like Pettitte in the clubhouse and to have him to fall back on, should they not perform as expected. Even if his pitching isn’t what it used to be, I’ll never be mad to see Pettitte back in pinstripes.

    March 16, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    • Well said. Any team (Jets, Vikings) who brought in Favre took a HUGE risk, making him their starting QB. The Yankees gave him a minor league contract with a chance to make the team. They have nothing to lose.

      March 16, 2012 at 5:30 PM

  4. While I think Andy is abetter looking than Freddy Kruger, I can’t help think about how he also shows up when you think he’s gone. Hopefully not a Nightmare on 161st Street.

    March 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM

  5. As a Mets fan I have always respected Andy but I have always hated the team he plays for…with the exception to the Houston Astros. I feel that this move is a little bit of a joke. It seems like we have baseballs version of Brett Favre on our hands. The sad thing is he probably will get into the starting rotation cause it looks like Pineda is on the C.C. diet while Kuroda is going to find it very difficult pitching in the best hitting division in baseball.
    I am sure no matter what happens my Mets will finish far worse than the Yankees. Maybe we should try and bring Tom Seaver back.

    March 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    • Andy finished with an 11-3 record his last season. He was part of 5 championships on the team he is coming back to and is legendary with Yankee fans. Favre was a washed up QB who loved attention and bounced around from team to team. There was no legacy for him in Minnesota when he actually retired. Not the same situation at all. And yes, the Yankees might finish close to 40 games better than your Mets

      March 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

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