According to several sources who have knowledge of the situation, the New York Yankees have reach an agreement in principal with left-handed starting pitcher Andy Pettitte to bring the hurler back to the Bronx for yet another season.
Just yesterday, I reported that the two sides were very close on reaching an agreement on a deal worth $11 million for next season. Just one day later, several sources have confirmed that the Yankees and Pettitte have expedited that process and the terms have even changed slightly inside of the deal.
The 17-year veteran and three-time all-star is now set to make a reported $12 million next season, which would be his 15th year donning the Yankees pinstripes. This would be a significant pay increase for the 40-year old Pettitte, who last season pitched for a discount, earning just $2.5 million.
Last season Pettitte went 5-4 in 12 starts with a team low ERA amongst starters at 2.87 and struck out 69 batters in 75 1/3 innings of work. Pettitte endured a fractured fibula last season, which caused him to miss more than two months. That said, he still proved to the Yankees, himself and any doubters he still has plenty left in his tank, which is why the Yankees were relentless in signing the pitcher who ranks third on the franchise’s all-time wins list.
With Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda (who signed a one-year deal last week) and ace hurler CC Sabathia all returning healthy next season, the Yankees have solidified the top of their rotation for 2013 and now just must focus on a few other details before fielding a team that will be expected to win it all next year.