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Andy Pettitte and the Yankees close to a deal

Nov 27, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

Andy Pettitte is almost back:

Multiple sources are saying the deal will be announced in the next couple of days. Not that most folks expected him to retire. Pettitte should expect a nice raise over the $2.5 million he made in 2012, when he posted a 2.87 ERA and 69/21 K/BB ratio over 75 and a third innings. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says it will be in the $10-11 million range.

With Hiroki Kuroda re-signing last week and now Pettitte back in the fold, the Yankees’ rotation looks set with CC Sabathia at the tops, followed by Kuroda and Pettitte, Phil HughesIvan Nova and David Phelps for depth.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    A decent rotation. Next question is “who will they be throwing to?” They still could use a catcher.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      the real question is when are the jays gonna make the playoffs again? its only been 20 some years now, better worry about your own team grandpa.

    • larrytsg - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      If they go on a “Marlins-esque” kind of money saving scheme, they could always ask Joe Girardi to catch!

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

        Nice concept and worth the chuckle.

      • anxovies - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        That may be taking the new Yankee austerity program too far, but on the other hand he looks like he could still do it.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      They have plenty of catchers on their roster (Stewart, Cervelli, Whiteside and Romine in Triple A). Now one could argue with some degree of success catching isn’t the problem it the catchers hitting that raises red flags. Just want to be accurate.

  2. whatthehellisansky - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Mo on the verge of re-signing as well. Cashman takin’ care of business before the winter meetings.

    Definitely curious how we fill right field and if we bring back Russell Martin.. guess we will have to wait and see.

  3. purplepain5 - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Even Farve thinks Andy is getting ridiculous with playing this long.

  4. uyf1950 - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Excellent news

  5. randygnyc - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Great news. Kuroda, pettitte and Mo on one year deals can help the yanks get to the magic number of $189MM next year.

    As far as Russell Martin is concerned, I’m quite sure he’s coming back. Cashman has said that bringing him back is personal for him. Unless Martin gets a ridiculous offer elsewhere, he’s coming back for sure. Probably 3 yrs at 21million.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      My friend you maybe right, but I sincerely hope if they do re-sign him it’s not for more then 2 years. BTW, and this is just my opinion IF the Yankees do resign he for any more then 1 year and it’s for more then $5MM per Granderson will NOT be re-signed at the end of the 2013 season. Heck in that case Granderson may not even make it through the 2013 as a Yankee.

      The Yankees can NOT afford to Martin making $7MM +/-, re-sign Cano and also re-sign Granderson and still get under the $189MM Tax Threshold in 2014 it just isn’t possible.

  6. willclarkgameface - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    OLD, OLD, OLD, OLD, OLD, OLD, OLD, OLD, OLD

    Da da da da da da!

    OOOOOLLLLLDDDD!!!!!

    The Yankees are idiots.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      willclarkgameface, you lack of maturity is showing and so is your ignorance..

    • badintent - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      How’s that Mets rosters and the Wilpons working 4 ya ? Knicks are old, great team, Yankees old, great team, AARP rocks. Just ask Odrama.

  7. randygnyc - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    They love Martins defense and how he handles the staff. Cashman said he’s the “toughest” athlete he’s EVER been around.

    • pellypell - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      He does handle the staff nicely, and also has superb nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills & computer hacking skills…

    • stex52 - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      You hear that a lot about the good defensive catchers. It’s the hardest position on the field, and I have a lot of admiration for the guys who do it well.

      And, well, they usually are tough athletes.

  8. kevinbnyc - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Maybe I missed it, but what’s the timetable like on Pineda being healthy again?

    • uyf1950 - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      According to reports Pineda is throwing off flat ground and feeling and looking great. The Yankees have estimated that he should be available around June. But I think what they are trying do now is as they say manage expectations. The important thing I’m sure the Yankees is to have him come back 100% healthy. Whether that mean May, June, July or August.

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