Rumor: Yankees confident Pettitte will return 12

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.

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12 thoughts on “Rumor: Yankees confident Pettitte will return

  • Hardcore Yankee Fan

    I think anything in the $8-12 million range is fine with me. He'll start the season, presumably spring training, unlike this past year when he missed almost a third of the season. He was very durable this past year only missing time because of the fluke hit off his shin. Pay him what he wants within reason as long as its one year.

  • ollie

    Take the $8 million and sign a couple of young arms. It is time to rebuild for the future. The Yanks were pressed to make the playoffs last year and as of now look even weaker with possibly only Boston worse. The offspring of the "Boss" doesn't want to spend which is his right so now is the time to rebuild and not prolong the agony. I don't see how signing Pettitte for all that money will make any difference.

  • Mike

    I really like Andy and the job he has done for the Yanks, BUT now should be the time to develop or purchase some young arms. Sign him if they can stay under 6 million but I wouldn't go very high considering he will most likely end up on the DL for one reason or another.

  • Rob Abruzzese

    I'm shocked to hear so many of you think the Yankees need to rebuild. They were the best team in the AL last year. If they re-sign Pettitte they'll have the same strong rotation that carried them to the ALCS last year. They were 4 wins from a trip to the World Series. That's closer than 26 other teams.

  • ollie

    What will rotation look like in 2014 if Kuroda and Pettitte both decide to retire after next year? Yes they had best record in AL but they also were the same team that blew something like a 10 game lead in the second half and every team has injuries, they "were" pressed to make the playoffs!

    PS. this is really a good Board!

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