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Pettitte coming back

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 16, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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.

 
 

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43 Responses to “Pettitte coming back”

  1. Mike Ri March 16th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Welcome back Andy !

  2. Rich in NJ March 16th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    This is so freakin’ cool.

  3. comet March 16th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Great News!

  4. comet March 16th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Yankees have arms to trade now!

  5. Rich in NJ March 16th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I’d only trade high, so as I said on the other thread, not Hughes.

  6. dogface March 16th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Andy back is more than “much ado about nothing”

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    In a historic sense, sure. In a baseball sense? Unless this is step 1 of a 2 step phase to land a significant bat, or as GB7 suggested, he’s a 2nd lefty out of the pen (which I don’t believe he’d come back for), it doesn’t make the team much better.

  7. BD (Boston Dave) March 16th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    “trade look even worse. They have more quality pitchers than they know what to do with”

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    Oh, the horror!!!

    Welcome back home Andy!

  8. Benny Blanco March 16th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Why are we trading again?? :)

  9. pat March 16th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Got the itch to pitch when he got to camp last week and back with the guys. Nice!

  10. Betsy March 16th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    One thing and then I’ll go – this makes no sense whatsoever. I adore Andy, but what are they doing with Freddy and Phil? I have to assume that Freddy is going to the pen and Phil is either going to the pen (where is a spot for him) or he’s being traded. However, what value now does Phil have since teams are going to look at it like the Yankees had more faith in a 40 year old pitcher coming off of a year off than they do in a younger, now apparently healthy Hughes? I don’t even know that he was going to have a long-term future here, but I feel like they went backwards here.

  11. Rich in NJ March 16th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    No way Pettitte would come back to be a 2nd LH reliever.

  12. willwill March 16th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Wow this is crazy

  13. TheStraw March 16th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I wonder if this has more to do with it being Mo’s last year than we think….

  14. Erin March 16th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    8O and :D

  15. Rich in NJ March 16th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Makes you wonder how much the threat of the Clemens pub stuff factored in his decision to retire.

  16. DONNYBROOK March 16th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    What kinda MLB shape is this guy in???? Wifey musta got tired of him hangin’ around the kitchen, and cut the apron strings. We have all seen many a boxer go this route, and come back only to get his clock cleaned. It’s VERY tough to shut-it-down mentally, and then just flip-the-switch. I’m skeptical as to what kinda on-field results we are gonna see.

  17. yankeefeminista March 16th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    F’in awesome. No doubt he is coming back to pitch at the highest level. Again, he pitched great in his last game (playoffs). Plus he is a lefty.

    Agree why would we sell low on Hughes? Plus it’ll take Andy some time to round into shape. Damn!

  18. Rich in NJ March 16th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    “I wonder if this has more to do with it being Mo’s last year than we think….”

    I would guess zero. The only issues for him is does he want to pitch and can he still pitch.

  19. Patrick March 16th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Makes you wonder how much the threat of the Clemens pub stuff factored in his decision to retire.

    Probably a lot.

    This is huge news, I’m pretty happy. How does our rotation work out though? I assume Pettitte wouldn’t really be ready until probably.. June I guess?

  20. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Joel Sherman ? @Joelsherman1
    Pettitte got itch while in spring camp, said he was interested, and finally told #Yankees last night that he wanted to try again

  21. Erin March 16th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Joel Sherman ? @Joelsherman1 If #Yankees do feel Pettitte could make back wouldn’t be surprised if try to put Garcia on market with Blanton, Lannan see if a) can (cont)

    Joel Sherman ? @Joelsherman1 get something useful back and b) remove his $4M contract #Yankees

  22. DONNYBROOK March 16th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Guess Hal suddenly found $2.5 Mill under the cushions. This makes the Montero Trade look horrendous. I find it hard to believe Pettitte would agree to go to the Minors, even though he signed a minor league deal. I’m guessing if he doesn’t make the team outta camp, he goes into some kinda conditioning training there in Florida. I just don’t see Andy in the Bushes for any serious length of time.

  23. blake March 16th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Wow

  24. Rich in NJ March 16th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Garcia was probably available for the right price anyway (not that high). Can he be traded before whatever the date is for trading free agents?

  25. stuckey March 16th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Frankly, I find this a little odd.

    I love Pettitte as much as anyone, and recognize its a miL deal, and he’ll be months away at best, but what if he is effective and is ready to come back in June and everyone in the rotation is effective?

    Hold a fire sale trade? Everyone but Sabathia and Kuroda is going to to be looking over their shoulder all year.

  26. stuckey March 16th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    “Can he be traded before whatever the date is for trading free agents?”

    I’ve heard with this approval, yes.

    Unconfirmed.

  27. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Well, NY State and Trenton will be the places to be in April with AP making starts.

  28. blake March 16th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I love it….but what do they do if he pitches well? They gonna trade Hughes? They could move Garcia but he likely wont be in the rotation anyway……unreal pitching depth.

  29. Erin March 16th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Jack Curry ? GM Brian Cashman will join Ken Singleton, John Flaherty and myself in the 3d inning to talk about the Andy Pettitte signing.

  30. Hassey March 16th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Also, the Rangers could use a left handed shot to man the point on power plays

  31. Ys Guy March 16th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    ok so what we’ve got it a retired older pitcher who’s feeling the itch. thats all so far. people want to start strategizing who’s going to the pen and who’s being traded, calm down! you have no idea (and neither does andy) if he will be able to pitch at an mlb level or if his body will respond and be able to handle the strain after sitting on his duff for a year.

    he decides he wants to give it a try, so of course the yankees say yes, but you dont then the next morning start planning trades and sending guys out to minor league camp who were expected to be in the rotation. you let andy start throwing, move along on the same exact path you were on and if and when andy is up and ready to pitch, then you make decisions, and even then, just temporary decisions to deal with the new reality.

    for now everybody just needs to calm down, wait and see what happens.

    and anyone who’s now going to go back to ‘the trade’ and reevaluate it in light of andy maybe being on the team is the definition of a monday morning quarterback.

  32. ac1 March 16th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Definitely thinking this makes Garcia available.
    Someone out there needs him…

  33. yankeefeminista March 16th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    GB, saw Pettitte’s last start (rehab) in Trenton. Happy to do so again. :)

    Although probably we’ll keep him down in Tampa until the weather warms up a little…

  34. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Almost all of baseball is looking for starting pitchers and NYYs have 10 of them ready to go.

  35. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    yankeefeminista March 16th, 2012 at 1:03 pm
    GB, saw Pettitte’s last start (rehab) in Trenton. Happy to do so again.

    Although probably we’ll keep him down in Tampa until the weather warms up a little…

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    save your tickets and AP Bobblehead Doll. They’ll become very valuable. You could put your kids through college on the money…or, me.

  36. randy l. March 16th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    did i hear right on the radio that pettitte did the colon treatment and is feeling great ?

  37. randy l. March 16th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    “Almost all of baseball is looking for starting pitchers and NYYs have 10 of them ready to go.”

    too many airplanes and not enough tanks

  38. TheStraw March 16th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Oh my goodness gracious………Andy is in the Steinbrenner’s BAWX.

  39. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Thank God, Pettitte’s returning. Now they can send Sabathia’s to the minors to get him right.

  40. grouchonyy March 16th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I think,potentially, the big loser is Raul Ibanez. Freddie Garcia gets traded (with his permission).A package is put together to get a left handed hitter. Ibanez either gets moved (unlikely) or released. Seven starters are one too many especially with all the nearly ready talent at Empire State.

  41. justinxdance27 March 16th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I LOVE ANDY PETTITTE!!!! thank you for coming back!

  42. mick March 16th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    If this is fact, Pettitte may be the second lefty out of the pen.
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    WRONG!!

  43. Bret The Hitman March 16th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Freddy Garcia would be crazy not to grant permission to be traded. He can start somewhere. Even without Pettitte, they were sending him to the pen. The Cardinals need a pitcher. Maybe the Yankees can swing a deal for Allen Craig.


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