The Yankees have re-signed Hiroki Kuroda, but they still want Andy Pettitte to comeback too. He hasn’t made a decision as to whether or not he will return yet, but he’s expected to by the end of next week, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Pettitte usually takes quite a while to decide on his return, but if he did make his decision before the Winter Meetings it would certainly help the Yankees plan for the rest of the offseason. There have been quite a few suggestions that he will come back next year, but if he didn’t Yankees GM Brian Cashman would have to find a replacement which might not be so easy with their $189 million budget looming just a year away. So he might have to get creative and land a pitcher in a trade.
Typically he doesn’t make his decision until January or February, but he has already gone on record saying that he doesn’t want the decision to drag on this year. Cashman and the Yankees are confident that he will return.
One issue that may arise is Pettitte’s salary for next season. He made just $2.5 million last season, but those wwere special circumstances where he was coming out of retirement after the Yankees already had their rotation set. This time he could expect something closer to the $10 million range which the Yankees should be fine with since he’ll only want a one-year deal.
Pettitte is already 40-years-old, but he was very effective this season despite diminished velocity. His 2.87 ERA, 8.24 K/9, and 2.51 BB/9 were better than the Yankees could have expected and his injury, a broken ankle off a comebacker, was a freak type that was in no way indicative of him breaking down.