Jorge Posada might have retired, but the Yankees are getting one of the Core Four back.
Pettitte said back in February that he was physically able to make a comeback if he wanted, but didn’t sound as if he was even considering such a comeback at the time. Apparently after coming into spring training as an instructor, he got the desire to give it a shot.
Pettitte will begin working out and while opening day is “in play” it is possible that he’ll begin the year in extended spring training before joining the team, Sherman reported.
UPDATE: Curry reported that Brian Cashman made Pettitte an offer in the $10-$12 million range back in December before signing Hiroki Kuroda or trading for Michael Pineda, but Pettitte turned it down. Pettitte of course eventually settled for $2.5 million which does not include incentives, according to Sherman.
Cashman said on the YES Network that despite having starting pitching depth that Pettitte at $2.5 million was too good to pass up. Pettitte has thrown around six bullpen sessions, but Cashman said that he’s still going to need a full spring training. Expect him around May.