The New York Yankees brought back Andy Pettitte on a one-year contract, and he retired at the end of the season. Pettitte helped New York has much as he could, posting an 11-11 record with a 3.74 ERA and 128 strikeouts. For 41-years-old, he was one of the best pitchers the Yankees had all season and now without him, the rotation looks even more depleted.
However, there are cheap solutions coming up this offseason that the Yankees could look at as a possible replacement to Pettitte if the team feels that its youngsters are not ready for the majors just yet. A name that comes to mind as a cheap veteran is Atlanta Braves right-handed pitcher Tim Hudson.
Hudson’s season ended on a fractured ankle resulting from a routine play. Hudson was on a tear as well, winning his last four starts of the season and allowing 10 runs in 29 innings of work. The problem that Hudson faces entering the offseason is now how well he can pitch with the injured ankle and how much his age is going to affect him.
The logical aim for Hudson this season is to latch onto a team with a championship pedigree like the Yankees or St. Louis Cardinals with a one-year contract and try to do the best he can. It makes sense for the Yankees to go after him because he is going to be a cheap commodity.