You know how sometimes you’re eating lunch when, out of nowhere, Andy Pettitte comes out of retirement to sign with the Yankees? Don’t you hate it when that happens.
Jack Curry has the news, tweeting that Pettitte has signed a $2.5-million minor league deal. I think stunning is a solid word to use right now.
UPDATE, 12:56 p.m.: Yankees just made it official with a press release.
Hard to know what to expect from Pettitte right now. He’s obviously getting a late start to spring training, so it’s hard to imagine him being ready to open the season. Obviously he adds considerable pitching depth, it could be that he simply wanted to come back and the Yankees stuck with their “never have too much pitching” philosophy. Can’t imagine he’s coming back to pitch in the bullpen. Clearly the Yankees believe he can slot into the rotation somewhere.