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Breaking: Andy Pettitte is making a comeback

Mar 16, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

This tweet from Jack Curry of YES will blow your freakin’ mind:

Curry is reporting that the Yankees have signed Pettitte to a one-year deal. It’s worth $2.5 million. It has since been officially announced by the Yankees.

This represents one of the more stunning turnarounds we’ve seen in some time. I mean, in recent weeks and months Pettitte has repeatedly said that he is retired for good.

But now?  Shocker.

  1. phukyouk - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    BULL-FUCKING-SHIT! I’m not buying this for one minute

    • uyf1950 - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      I have to agree. Shocked would be an understatement if this turns out to be true.

    • bigharold - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      “BULL-FUCKING-SHIT! I’m not buying this for one minute”

      Don’t hold back tell us how you really feel.

      Frankly, i need to see Cashman say it before I beleive it too.

      Maybe the Yankees will go with a 7 man rotation? Maybe hughes and Garcia will work in tandum with one starting and leaving after the third for the other.

      Whatever, I don’t get it unless the Yankees re about to annonce CC has an injury that going to start him on the DL this year, .. this makes no sense.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        I don’t believe it either. But there are other explanations. Could the Yankees have a trade in the works for Garcia? Could Pineda be headed for the minors for the beginning of the season to get his act together. Who knows. I’m sure we will find out more as time goes by.

    • bjtmeyer - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      Way to be classy

  2. hittfamily - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    He only denied a comeback once.

    Oh, wait there’s proof of other times.

    He only did it twice.

    • ireportyoudecide - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      HaHa, so true. Just like Arod.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        …or, just like Andy Pettitte. “I only did HGH one, wait you say you have evidence of a second time? I only did HGH twice”

  3. phillyphever - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I got a bad feeling something really wrong is going on with Michael Pineda. That has to be the reason why they did this. I can’t think of any other reason why they did this.

    • hittfamily - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      An affordable possible upgrade seems like a pretty good reason as well.

      • phillyphever - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        But now? This smells fishy.

      • hittfamily - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        I think the Yankees would have taken him back at any time. The only obstacle was Pettitte.

        I don’t miss working on a Saturday or Sunday. But when the kids are sick and I have to take Monday off, I miss working. The off season is the weekend. Spring training is Monday. Maybe he is starting to miss working.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        You both make great points, but I agree this is weird as well. They’d never say no to a Yankee legend like Pettitte, but they have to have thought ahead about this and make room somewhere. Honestly, I can see either Garcia getting released, Hughes going to the pen and/or Pineda being hurt – 2 out of those 3 things would have to happen to make room, right?

        This is just bizarre.

      • hittfamily - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        I don’t think Pettitte is willing to go tomorrow. It would be at least a month before they let him face MLB players in a regular season game. Both Pineda and Nova have options, so you could limit their innings, and avoid super 2 money at the same time. Maybe a 6 man rotation to preserve the arms of their young talent, and an overweight, often overused CC.

        It is not a bad thing to have 7 quality arms. If Pettitte wants to sign up for less than 5 million, it would be foolish to tell him no.

        The best team in the AL, the Red Sox, blew the season because Andrew Miller was their insurance option. The Yanks won’t make that mistake if they can get a veteran lefty on the cheap.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        Matt Stairs: They’d never say no to a Yankee legend like Pettitte,

        See Williams, Bernie. Perhaps not quite the same stature, but they were ice cold to that guy when the time came around.

        If they signed Pettitte, they are planning on using him. I am personally a Nova doubter, and maybe Cashman is too and they have a trade in mind for a better DH.

    • bigharold - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      Even if Pineda is hurt they have enough starting pitching that they don’t need Pettitte. Nor am I comvinced that he’d be the best option either.

      I’ve no problem thinking that Pettitte can work his way into shape but he didn’t pitch at all last year so it would be a stretch to think that he’s going to pick up where he left off in 2010, .. after missing about half of spring training.

  4. proudlycanadian - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I did not realize that it was April Fools Day.

    • phukyouk - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      I swear that was the first thing i checked. this has to be pure BS

      • 18thstreet - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        Assuming P-Y is representative of other Yankee fans, and makes them all THIS upset, then I support this signing.

        I don’t even care if it’s true any more.

      • phukyouk - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        Let be be clear that i AM HAPPY about this signing.. just didnt think it would be true that all. I welcome him back with opened arms.

      • phukyouk - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        I am super happy about this. i just didnt think it was going to be true.

      • phukyouk - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        I’m very happy about this. i just didnt believe that it would be true.

      • 18thstreet - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        Withdrawn. If P-Y is happy, I’ve moved my position to ambivalent.

  5. natstowngreg - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Sorry, mind not blown.

    I’m not saying Pettitte was insincere or lying about being retired. Just saying it must have been pretty hard for him to stay retired as another season approaches. I suspect some flattery and cash from the Yankees helped him change his mind.

    • Jonny 5 - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Staying home with the wife isn’t as glorious as it sounds maybe? Wait, Does it even SOUND glorious?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      More flattery than cash, out of the two, I’d say. His pension is probably about as much as this deal.

    • natstowngreg - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      Oops, forgot to mention, IF the report is true.

  6. Jonny 5 - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Oh oh’s…. Len is going to be pissed! He didn’t get to pick up Pettitte on his fantasy team!

    • yankeesfanlen - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Right as usual, Jonny. My team always has the ’04 Yankees!

  7. ireportyoudecide - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Not surprised he hasn’t been required to be tested for over a year now, he’s probably just coming off a cycle and is ready to go.

  8. yournuts - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    You can never have enough starting pitching! Welcome back home Andy!

  9. sdelmonte - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    What do the Yankees need with another starter? Yeah, I suppose you can never have enough pitching in a league with Pujols, Hamilton, and Fielder. But where exactly do they put him? Suppose Pineda’s velocity is fine, Hughes’ arm is back to 2010 standards, and everything else works like planned. Even if they trade Garcia, what do you do with Andy? I can’t imagine he’s coming back to be a long relief man.

    I’ll say this for the Yankees, though. Even when you think they have all the pieces together and are ready for yet another “amiable slog” towards the playoffs, something comes along and makes them really interesting.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      What do the Yankees need with another starter?

      Couple of reasons, 1 – it’ll take him awhile to get into game shape, so it’s not like he’s the #2 starter in a couple of weeks. 2 – Everyone, save maybe the Rays, suffers injuries to their starting staff sometime during the season. So it’s good to have one or two more people ready to step in at a moment’s notice.

      Unfortunately it also has some bad consequences. The NY Media aholes are going to go nuts with the conspiracy theories. Expect 13961239263 different stories about how this confirms something is wrong with Pineda. Also, in actuality, it hurts the guys like Adam Warren and Brett Marshall, and possible Banuelos and Betances in that they just moved one more rung down the starting pitching ladder.

      Could also signal the end of Hughes as a starter =\

      • sdelmonte - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        It also means the return of the “Pettitte=Cheater” naysayers on message boards far less intelligent than this one. Not sure why Andy wants to deal with that again.

        No, actually, I am sure. He misses baseball. I just hope he doesn’t end up embarrassing himself with a too little, too late comeback. I have said many times that I prefer players leaving one season too soon than one season too late. But who knows? He could go out there, win the Cy Young, retire again and on the same day as Mo and Derek, convince more Hall of Fame voters of his worthiness, and go in with his teammates.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        He misses baseball.

        Granted so few of us on this board will ever have to make that choice, but seems like leaving the game to spend time with your wife and kids would be a good enough reason to never come back.

      • hittfamily - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        Pettitte is a cheater. Or did HGH become legal?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        Pettitte is a cheater. Or did HGH become legal?

        And what does this have to do with anything?

      • hittfamily - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        It was a response to “It also means the return of the “Pettitte=Cheater” naysayers on message boards far less intelligent than this one.”

        Or did you only read my comment.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        Yes, I only read your comment even though I blockquoted something else from the comment above?

        We all know Pettitte admitted use of HGH. sdelmonte mentioned that Pettitte returning brings back the cheater crowd. Your response that he is a cheater, adds zero information to the discussion at hand

        So I ask you again, what does your comment have to do with anything? Or do you just like pointing out the obvious?

  10. phukyouk - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    AH FACK! now Jorge is gonna think he has a shot at a comeback too…..

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      Haha, much to the dismay of fellow Yankee-haters like myself, they DO have different minds.

  11. phukyouk - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120316&content_id=27328302&vkey=news_nyy&c_id=nyy

  12. yankeesfanlen - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    The triumphal return of Mr. Fiddley-Fart! (nickname revived!) Hear Yogi is in BSOHL. Two words: Roger Clemens.
    If true (and it is within the realm of a certain team’s history to have this occur) I’m thinking fine, my fantasy team already has 223 pitchers a little insurance can’t hurt.

  13. psousa1 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Stocked up on the ol’ HGH last year when you were out of the game Andy? Ahh, the dynasty through better chemistry.

  14. blabidibla - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    perhaps that Freddy Garcia comebacker that hit him on the hand did more damage than they are reporting.

  15. aceshigh11 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Wow, what the hell??

    It’s ironic that he’s coming back on a year when the Yankees’ pitching is stacked.

    Fans were probably more hoping he’d have have come out of retirement back in 2010 and 2011.

  16. sportsdrenched.com - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Ohhh My Goodness Grashious!

  17. unlost1 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    is Clemens next?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Oh for criminy’s sake.

  18. lardin - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    This is a really smart move. First its a minor league deal, which means its not guaranteed. If he cant get back into shape or is just bad, he will retire again. By all reports the Yankees will give him as much time as he needs to get in shape. Which means he most likely wont be available till June. If the Yankees need a starter in June, and Petite looks good, is their a better acquisition out there? Look at this move for what it is, an insurance policy. The Yankees might need to use it. Petite might not be in a position to help. But its cheap, and doesnt hurt anyone.
    One more thing i just thought of, the Yankees number 1 pitching prospect is left handed, if he spends 6 weeks or so with Petite how is that a bad thing??

  19. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Who?

  20. Jason @ IIATMS - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    There were #46 comments when I logged on here.

    /sign from Pettitte?

  21. cltjump - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    What even?

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