That pitcher Andy Pettitte has un-retired and had signed a minor league, 1-year, 2.5 million deal with a plan to return to the Bronx again.
It was said that Pettitte is allowed to take all the time he needs to get ready and that a rotation spot will be ready for the 39-year old southpaw.
The last time Pettitte was on the mound was back in 2010, making 21 starts and finishing 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA. Pettitte was having a career year but he missed 4-5 weeks with a groin injury and Yankee fans were forced to stomach Sergio Mitre during that time.
Pettitte’s return was a total shock, as I knew he was invited to camp to be a guest instructor but the NY Post writer George E. King declared that, ….the legendary lefty won’t be attempting a comeback if he accepts.
Shows how much King knows, as GM Brian Cashman said this has brewed since late December.
Around Christmas time, Pettitte had heard the GM on the Michael Kay Show talking about how much the Yankees would still want him if he ever wanted to return, and that got his juices flowing.
That sparked a whirlwind of back and forth between the two, which at first didn’t pan out because of the Yankees overflow and money but Pettitte did not stop throwing the entire time. And after more back and forth, followed by throwing a good secret bullpen for Cashman, Girardi and Rothschild a few days ago all led to Pettitte now being officially back in the pinstripes.
It is nuts what just transpired from me sitting down, to honestly watch Nationals prodigy prospect Bryce Harper or as Sports Illustrated nicknamed Baseball’s LeBron.
Well, now the Yankees rotation is overflowing again but Pettitte won’t be ready for some time so Girardi can still focus on the start of the season.
Maybe Pettitte just missed the Captain Derek Jeter too much, as he is popular with the ladies but I am sure Andy has a few signed Jeter balls already.
I guess all that is left to say is Welcome Back Andy Pettitte!
- Pettitte arrives at Yankees camp as instructor (nypost.com)
- Pettitte impressed by Banuelos’ stuff (mlb.mlb.com)
- Pettitte coming back (yankees.lhblogs.com)
- Pettitte at Yankees camp as guest instructor (mlb.mlb.com)
- Pettitte: “I just came to hang out, really” (yankees.lhblogs.com)