According to ESPN.com, in an incentive-laden deal, Andy Pettite rejoins the Yankees rotation, agreeing to a one-year deal with a $5.5 million base salary with another $6.5 in incentives. That’s quite a cut and, according to audio at Pete Abraham’s LoHud, Pettite admitted that his pride was hurt but that he wanted to be with the Yankees. The rotation is more solid and the staff, including youngsters at SWB, is much deeper as a result. Allowing Hughes, Kennedy, and Aceves to stay sharp and ready in SWB is huge, preventing Hughes and Kennedy from being rushed to the majors again. I believe that Hughes needs a third pitch and, if the cutter he was tinkering with in the Fall League is sharp, he’ll improve and fill in admirably if needed. Pettite’s return allows the Yanks to cultivate their depth.
In the meantime, lining up Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Pettite, and Joba against teams is something I’ll take any day. Big move. Welcome back, Andy.