26 Jan 2009
So Pettitte is back for a base of $5.5 million and a possible $6.5 million in bonuses. I looked all over, but the best I could do was find that $4.5 million of that is based on innings and $2 million on days on the active roster.
The deal evokes a couple of reactions from me. First, bringing Andy back really helps the rotation. Now the Yankees have the depth needed to survive an 162-game season and we won’t have to suffer through a bunch of scrubs making spot starts like last year.
One concern I have is that this signing will restart the Joba to the bullpen chants. I hope the Yankees don’t fall for that line of thinking.
Another concern I have is how this will impact Phil Hughes. Will the Yankees use him out of the bullpen or is he destined for AAA? I would prefer he sticks in AAA and continues to develop as a starter.
Who gets dropped from the 40-man as a result of this move? Maybe Giese or Chase Wright? I have no idea.
Lastly, if Pettitte stinks and the Yankees bench him thereby preventing him from achieving his incentives, will he be able to handle that?
Enough with the negative, a rotation of Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Pettitte and Joba has to be one of the best in the league. Now, a real backup catcher and I will be absolutely content. (At least for a few minutes)