According to sources familiar with the situation, the New York Yankees and starting pitcher Andy Pettitte are very close to reaching a deal to bring the veteran hurler back to the Bronx for yet another season.
The deal is said to be for one-year and worth nearly $11 million which will bring Pettitte’s total number of seasons in Yankee pinstripes to 15 out of 18.
Pettitte came up to the majors in 1995 with the Yankees and pitched in New York until the end of the 2003 season before returning home to Texas and pitching for his hometown Houston Astros from 2004-2006 only to then make his return back to the Bronx in 2007. After the 2010 season Pettitte retired from the MLB only to then make a comeback last season in which the 40-year old lefty displayed he had plenty left in the tank.
During the 2012 season unfortunately Pettitte suffered a fractured fibula which sidelined the three-time all-star for a couple months but he still managed to compile a 5-4 record with a team low amongst starters 2.87 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings of work.
In Pettitte’s 17-year career so far the crafty, vet has a record of 245-142 with an ERA of 3.86 and 208 of his victories have come in a Yankees uniform which places him third in franchise history in that category.
Pettitte returning to the Yankees next season will not only sure up the top of their rotation as CC Sabathia is signed long-term and Hiroki Kuroda just signed his one year deal last week. If New York can get a healthy Michael Pineda next season then it could be their best starting rotation in quite some time.