Hiroki Kuroda was the first big step for the Yankees this offseason. The next will be re-signing Andy Pettitte, who still hasn’t made up his mind about retirement for next season, but according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post the Yankees are confident that he will return next season. However, he will likely want a raise on the $2.5 million he made last season.
It seems like Pettitte always goes through this every offseason. He leaves not saying for sure if he’s going to retire or not and eventually makes up his mind. On three occasions he decided to comeback, once he retired. All four times there was evidence of his eventual decision and this season the evidence has overwhelmingly pointed in the direction that he will return.
Like Kuroda, Pettitte will likely require a raise in order to return. He made very little last season because he made his decision so late in the offseason and the Yankees had already spent most of their budget. This time around they won’t get such a sweetheart deal. It’ll probably cost them at least $8 million plus incentives this time around. That’s fine with the Yankees though as any contract he signs will be a one-year deal which will not be a problem with their 2014 austerity budget.
Pettitte shocked everyone when he came out of retirement last season. He ended up pitching very well, a 2.87 ERA, 8.2 K/9 and a 2.5 BB/9, but he miss April because he waited so long to decide on his return and then another three months because of a broken ankle. Still, he did enough to show that even at 40-years-old the Yankees still want him around.