Starting pitcher Andy Pettitte re-signed with the New York Yankees earlier this week to pitch for one more year in pinstripes. The contract with the left-hander was a one-year deal worth $12 million, but also has special incentive opportunities in it.
Pettitte is coming off a strong year, even though before the 2012 season started he was officially retired and watching games from home. Pettitte ended the year with a 5-4 record and an even more impressive 2.87 ERA. In 12 starts last season, Pettitte pitched 75 innings and struck out a very respectable 69 batters. His WHIP was also rather manageable at only 1.14, so the veteran still has fantasy numbers left in his arm.
He did miss significant time with a fractured fibula last year, but the 40-year-old came back weeks before he was originally scheduled to return. He is much tougher than most starters nowadays, so he will battle through most nagging injures that other starters may not, only adding to his overall fantasy appeal.
The southpaw will be the third pitcher in the Yankee rotation, behind C. C. Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda, so Pettitte will certainly get upwards of 25 starts in the upcoming year if he can remain healthy. Pettitte will have some of the best run support money can buy in New York, only giving him more of a chance to win games in 2013. The Yankees will likely be on a mission this season after their public unraveling in 2012, so if Pettitte can stay healthy, he can easily have a rather respectable fantasy outing.
Even though it may be his 16th season in the bigs, Pettitte is not done yet. Don’t shy away from this three-time All Star due to his long career, because Pettitte will be a great third or fourth fantasy option this season. Don’t grab him too early this year, but certainly take a shot on him anywhere after the tenth round.