Friday, March 16, 2012

Andy Pettitte Is Back!!!

Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News
Yes, fanatics, our beloved Andy Pettitte is back!!!! He has agreed to a minor league deal worth $2.5 million. I think it's safe to say that he will be a starter in the Yankees rotation at some point this season, which opens up a lot of questions on what the statuses of Phil Hughes, Michael Pineda and Freddy Garcia will be down the road. I'll keep you posted on what develops on that front.

To say that I am excited is an understatement. Andy is one of my favorite Yankees of all time, and I was absolutely crushed when he retired last season. You can read my homage to Andy, here. I love him, and am so glad that he's back. Welcome home, Andy!!! Here's the short article on his return from the Daily News:

TAMPA – The Core Four appeared to be down to two this season with Jorge Posada’s retirement, but that number jumped back to three on Friday.

Andy Pettitte ended his one-year retirement, agreeing to a minor-league deal with the Yankees worth $2.5 million plus incentives.

“He’s coming back,” a source said.

The deal was first reported by the YES Network.

Pettitte returned to camp earlier this spring, and though he indicated that he planned to remain retired, his three-day stint as a guest instructor “got his juices flowing,” a second source said, prompting him to put the pinstripes back on as a member of the team.

According to the source, Pettitte and the Yankees had been speaking about a possible reunion for weeks, but the trip to spring training cinched his decision.

“He got the itch,” the source said.

Pettitte was with the team Saturday in Orlando, throwing batting practice before the game with the Braves. That was the day the deal was finalized, as Hal Steinbrenner gave his permission to increase the budget to sign the 39-year-old who has won 240 games since 1995, 203 of them with the Yankees.

The Yankees currently have six starters competing for five spots in the rotation, though Freddy Garcia is out for a few days after being hit on his right hand by a line drive. Asked where Pettitte fits into the rotation, the source was uncertain.

"That’s Girardi’s problem,” the source said.

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