Though nothing has been made official yet, it would seem that the Yankees are trying to complete deals with all three but who knows what reports are actually true.
But if these rumors do pan out, one thing is for sure; the Yankees are not getting any younger as all three All-Stars are in the 40-years old and up club.
The Yankees southpaw’s return will be welcomed with open arms as Pettitte seems to still have a lot in the tank and would be considered an above average middle of the rotation guy on any team.
He is loved by his teammates; especially ace CC Sabathia who has openly talked about his off-season texting to Pettitte in a plea for his return.
This deal seems likely to be completed before the other two as according to the New York Post, the Yankees and Andy Pettitte are involved in serious contract discussions that will likely result in the veteran left-hander signing a one-year deal in the $11 million range.
Last season Pettitte went 5-4, posting an impressive 2.87 ERA over 12 starts. His season was cut short due to a broken ankle that happened when a line drive ricochet off his leg. It was an unfortunate accident for Pettitte who was putting up career numbers.
Mo’s return is not breaking news as Rivera informed the team about a month ago that he wanted to return in 2013.
Mo turns 43-years old tomorrow and though his return, after tearing his ACL last May, was up to him, it did hinder the Yankees decision on not pursuing Rafael Soriano.
Soriano took over for Mo and literally saved the Yankees season. He made 42 saves for the Yankees and I still am keeping my fingers crossed that owner Hal Steinbrenner comes to his senses to bring Soriano back.
The hold up with announcing Mo’s return is the contract negotiations. Mo made $15 million last season, and the Yankees don’t want to pay that again. Surprise, surprise…as I keep forgetting the Yankees are now economical.
This rumor is supposedly just that according to CBS’s Sweeny Murti who tweeted:
Am told Ichiro deal is not done, just rumor. It is clear Yanks have interest in bringing him back, so entirely possible at some point.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) November 27, 2012
USA Today countered Sweeny’s claim by reporting that Ichiro was about to accept a 1-year, $5 million deal from New York so who knows what is really going on here.
All I know is that Ichiro said he loved playing in the Bronx, and as a fan I enjoyed it as well.
Ichiro brings some dynamics the team has lacked in 2012.
First, even at 40-years old, Ichiro can still be a pain on the base pads, which is a nuisance for opposing pitchers.
Secondly, he hits consistently with runners in scoring position, as in 55 at-bats when runners were on base, Ichiro posted a .273 BA with RISP, with 21 RBIs, four doubles and three walks. And anyone with a brain knows the Yankees need all the help they can get with runners-on so I hope Ichiro does come back to the Bronx.
- Pettitte’s return is all-positive.
- Bring back Ichiro works for me but not as an everyday outfielder to replace Nick Swisher.
- And Mo is Mo, so of course who doesn’t want to hear ENTER SANDMAN in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium again. Also, you have to respect what he has earned as this greatest closer ever to play the game and so Mo can play till he is 93-years old for all care. But I can’t help worry that Mo’s farewell tour could hurt the Yankees in the years following, unless Soriano comes back, God-willing.