According to Josh Thomson of The Journal News, Mike Mussina said last night he’d return to the Yankees next year if they’ll have him. Mussina is earning $11MM this year.
Mussina, 40 in December, bounced back from a lousy ’07 to post a 3.57 ERA in 189.1 innings. The difference? More strikeouts and fewer walks despite losing a mile per hour on his fastball. Mussina is throwing more breaking stuff this year, apparently.
I can envision an ’09 Yankees rotation with C.C. Sabathia, Chien-Ming Wang, Joba Chamberlain, and Mussina locked in. Then Phil Hughes and others would battle it out for the fifth starter job.