Bring Andy Back

As the New York Yankees began a round of scouting meetings this week to discuss the future of the team, they know that veteran left-hander Andy Pettitte intends to pitch in 2009, and his intention is to pitch for them.

Sources said on Wednesday that Pettitte’s agent, Randy Hendricks, has informed the Yankees of this recently. (Source)

In case your tired of reading me advocate the possible acquisition of Mark Teixeira, I decided to add more content to the site this off-season. This is not an all Teixeira all the time site, other aspects of this team will be discussed. That brings me to an old Yankee standby, but one that we shouldn’t take for granted.

Going into the off-season the Yankees have three open slots in their rotation. For the last two years they’ve had Andy Pettitte in their rotation. For the last two years he has produced. Both years he logged over 200 innings pitched and lead the Yankees in that category.

Despite his bad second half this year, he was an asset to this club the past two years. His ERA+ went from 116 in 2007 to 95 in 2008. Those numbers might be deceiving as there were plenty of positive signs in ’08. Pettitte raised his GB% from 47.7 to 51.5. He raised his K/G from 5.9 to 6.9. Also, Andy’s FIP was 80 points lower than his ERA. Anytime a pitcher’s FIP is that much lower than his ERA it’s a sign he’s due for regression.

Also, because of Pettitte’s commitment to his family he will not be looking for a deal longer than one season and it’ll probably be in the $10M-$16M range. That will still leave the Yankees a lot of money coming off the books to spend on other free agents without increasing payroll. It’s a good bet that Pettitte bounces back a little and provides good value on a one-year deal for the Yankees in 2009.

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