27 Dec 2008
Those are the odds against the Yankees signing Andy Pettitte according to a story in today’s Daliy News.
I go back and forth on this one. On one hand, I look at the Yankees rotation and other than Sabathia and Wang who else do you think will pitch 200 innings? (Sorry, I just don’t think you can be positive Burnett will.) Pettitte provides that at a decent ERA. But, you also have to look at his second half (13 starts 5.35 ERA) and wonder if he has that ability in him. And, for $10 million, couldn’t you find a cheaper alternative?
Ultimately, I think this decision rests on Phil Hughes. The Yankees need to see what they can get out of Hughes and signing Pettitte puts him back in AAA. Now, I would not go into 2009 without some sort of veteran backup, but I would do so by going the minor league contract route and signing a cheap veteran. You can then take some of that $10 million and use it towards a real bench which the Yankees need to address next.