• Andy Pettitte Returning To Yankees In 2013

    Posted by on November 27th, 2012 · Comments (10)

    The skinny.

    Andy Pettitte is one of my all-time favorite Yankees. And, I have no question in my mind regarding his ability to face and handle major league hitters. But, he will be 41-years old next season. And, the last time he pitched more than 130 innings in a big league season was 2009. Therefore, I think it’s a mistake to count on him to be your #3 starter in your rotation.

    Comments on Andy Pettitte Returning To Yankees In 2013

    1. redbug
      November 27th, 2012 | 12:30 pm

      Great news!!

      I count him as a # 3. He was having a very good yr (.287 ERA) until he had that bone broken. He was really good in the 2 games he pitched in the postseason. He went 6+ innings in one and gave up only 2 runs; 7 innings in the other game, w/ 3 runs.

      I know he’s going to be 41 but he hasn’t shown a reason to not think he’ll be a good # 3.

    2. MJ Recanati
      November 27th, 2012 | 3:04 pm

      redbug wrote:

      I know he’s going to be 41 but he hasn’t shown a reason to not think he’ll be a good # 3.

      Agree. Age is only a factor when you’re not pitching well. When you’re still an effective pitcher — as Pettitte proved he was in 2012 — the birthday is irrelevant. After all, it’s not like he broke down; it was a fluke injury.

    3. #15
      November 27th, 2012 | 3:36 pm

      Given that Andy 1) had a freak injury and 2) losing velocity is not a factor in his success, I see no reason why he can’t go ~ 15(+)-7 and win some big games along the way. He can still get guys out.

    4. LMJ229
      November 27th, 2012 | 3:55 pm

      Petitte, Kuroda … what choice do we really have? The Yanks aren’t going to sign anyone to a big deal contract with the salary cap looming and its not like there is anyone waiting in the wings to replace them. So its just another year of hoping and praying. At least I have faith in those two guys. We could do worse.

    5. McMillan
      November 27th, 2012 | 4:10 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Petitte, Kuroda … what choice do we really have? The Yanks aren’t going to sign anyone to a big deal contract with the salary cap looming and its not like there is anyone waiting in the wings to replace them. So its just another year of hoping and praying. At least I have faith in those two guys. We could do worse.

      No choice… the team was fortunate they wanted to re-sign; there’s certainly reason to hope Pettitte will pitch solidly as a No. 3 and even better in the postseason.

      “Last offseason, the Yankees spoke to Martin about a three-year deal worth roughly $20 million, but Martin didn’t pursue it. After his strong performance after the All-Star break, Martin is expected to fetch a contract worth at least that much, meaning the Yankees will have to go longer than 1 year, despite their goal of getting their payroll under $189 million by 2014.

      They likely won’t have a choice because they don’t have a viable alternative within the organization. Romine was injured much of last season, which hampered his progress.”

    6. Raf
      November 27th, 2012 | 7:06 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      The Yanks aren’t going to sign anyone to a big deal contract with the salary cap looming

      They don’t need to sign anyone to a big deal contract. Smaller ones, like Kuroda & Pettitte, or Garcia & Colon will do.

      So now they have a little more depth, what with CC, Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes, Nova, Phelps, etc on the roster. There’s still the Rule 5 draft next week, as well as the nontender period. And then there are NRI’s that get invited to spring training every year.

      I wouldn’t sweat it just yet.

    7. Ricketson
      November 27th, 2012 | 8:39 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      No choice… the team was fortunate they wanted to re-sign; there’s certainly reason to hope Pettitte will pitch solidly as a No. 3 and even better in the postseason.

      I think you meant “he” wanted to re-sign, and you’re right. If Kuroda had decided to sign elsewhere, and Pettitte had decided not to return…

    8. MJ Recanati
      November 28th, 2012 | 9:14 am

      Raf wrote:

      I wouldn’t sweat it just yet.

      But, Raf, doncha know that you’re not a true Yankee fan unless you’re freaking out every single minute?

    9. Raf
      November 28th, 2012 | 7:16 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      But, Raf, doncha know that you’re not a true Yankee fan unless you’re freaking out every single minute?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0GW0Vnr9Yc

      :D

    10. MJ Recanati
      November 29th, 2012 | 1:11 pm

      @ Raf:
      HAHAHAHA, I love that scene!

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