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And now the Yankees wait for Andy Pettitte

Nov 21, 2012, 6:53 AM EST

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With Hiroki Kuroda in the fold, the Yankees rotation looks like this: CC Sabathia, Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and David Phelps.  That’ll play, but they really want one more guy. And that guy is presumably mulling it over with his turkey and gravy:

The Andy Pettitte waiting game continues. Pettitte is spending Thanksgiving week with his family at their ranch, making it unlikely that the lefthander will deliver his decision on his baseball future by Thanksgiving.

It’s not that suspenseful a wait, though. For remember his comments during the ALDS when he said that he didn’t feel like a 75-inning 2012 season “scratched the itch” he had when he decided to come back early this year.  And if he does come back the Yankees are adding a guy who posted a 2.87 ERA and 69/21 K/BB ratio in those 75 innings.

It’s fashionable to hate on the Yankees after their poor ALCS performance, the Blue Jays making a big splash and all of that. But having Pettitte for a hundred more innings than they had him in 2012 will improve a Yankees team that already had baseball’s the American League’s best record.

  1. southofheaven81 - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Are we not considering Pineda a go for 2013?

    • Kevin S. - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      June at the earliest. Best to not count on anything and then be pleasantly surprised.

  2. number42is1 - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    I assume you meant the best record in the AL, right?

  3. cshearing - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    I think the chances of Pettitte pitching anywhere near 200 innings is so remote that to plan on it would be foolhardy.

  4. jeteribarelyknowher - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Pineda won’t be a realistic option until the All-Star break, at the earliest.

    • Jeremy T - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      by that time, I’d expect that he’ll be needed, since at least one of the starters out of the gate is almost guaranteed to be either injured or terrible by the time we’re a few months in.

  5. uyf1950 - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    If Pettitte re-signs with the Yankees and can give them 140 to 150 innings that will be more then enough, compared to the 75 he gave them in 2012 due to the injury. The Yankees will have Phelps as their spot starter and long relief guy. They will probably also sign a “reclamation” project (Freddy Garcia type, but not Freddy). Then hopefully come the All Star break or trade deadline Pineda can be eased back into the rotation. The Yankee pitching situation will be just fine for 2013.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      Liriano would be an interesting “reclamation project”.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        I think the problem there would be he would want to much money and wouldn’t be satisfied with a role the Yankees might have available.
        Another “reclamation project” that comes to mind is: Roberto Hernandez (AKA: Fausto Carmona). I think he might jump at the opportunity. The only question is he to much of a reclamation project.

  6. stex52 - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Andy likes to do the “Hamlet” thing. It has been in his repertoire since the 2004 season. Waiting him out will probably work fine, although it can’t be good for a GM’s blood pressure. I also agree that planning on more than 150 innings would be very optimistic.

  7. roverkarlthecannedham - Nov 22, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    I am Karl Rover and I approve Andy Pettite. Now get off your buns Mr. Pettite and sign up.

  8. brandedthefirst - Nov 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Enough already with the theatrics Andy !

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