In his first 22 starts of 2008, Andy Pettitte’s ERA was 3.76 (in 139 IP). In the two starts that followed, he allowed 14 runs in 10.3 IP. Then, a report said Pettitte had stiffness in his left arm. Pettitte denied the report. In his final 9 starts, Pettitte’s ERA was 5.10 (in 54.6 IP). Sounds like the report was correct.
Assuming what bothered Pettitte in 2008 can be cured with off-season rest, I think the Yankees should bring him back for 2009. He can handle New York. He’s good for 200 IP and around 15 wins. He’s left-handed. What’s not to like about that? And, the Yankees rotation, right now, should welcome an addition like this…if you ask me.