I wrote several times over the winter that it would be wise of the Yankees to sign Andy Pettitte because of his ability to give them a large amount of innings at league average or better.
What I didn’t bring into the equation was his leadership.
As we spoke to CC Sabathia today, a question was asked about how he was fitting in with his teammates. He almost immediately mentioned Pettitte.
“Having Andy in camp has been cool; a veteran lefty who has been here for a while,” Sabathia said. “He can help me and teach me different things just by watching him. He’s definitely a guy I’ll be leaning on all year.”
I’ve heard much the same thing from Joba Chamberlain and A.J. Burnett, whose locker is next to Pettitte at Steinbrenner Field.
Leadership can’t be quantified and we certainly do not yet know how well Pettitte will pitch. But his one-year deal certainly looks like a much better move than bringing in Jon Garland, Oliver Perez or somebody like that.