Friday, March 16, 2012
TAMPA, Fla.—Left-hander Andy Pettitte is coming back to the New York Yankees.
Pettitte, who retired before last season, has agreed to a $2.5 million minor league deal and will work his way back into shape, baseball sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.
Pettitte started 21 games in 2010 for the Yankees, going 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA. He was 14-8 with a 4.16 ERA in 2009, his last full season.
My sources have procured an exclusive picture of Pettitte working his way back into shape.
Yeah, I used the same pic and joke last year. So what?
Pettitte can probably platoon with Andruw Jones at DH and provide more offense than Raul Ibanez.
Seriously though, I don’t get this. Isn’t starting pitching the last area of need for the Yankees? That being said, I’m happy to see how this works out. It can’t hurt, really.
Update: Pettitte’s CAIRO percentile forecasts added below:
FIP: Fielding-independent pitching
RAR: Runs saved above replacement level using RA
WAR: Wins above replacement level (RAR divided by 10)
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