Yankees Sign Andy Pettitte

A year after retiring, Andy Pettitte is back in pinstripes. The Yankees announced that they signed the 39-year-old left-hander to a minor league contract. Pettitte, a Hendricks Sports client, can potentially earn $2.5MM on the deal, which doesn't include incentives. 

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Pettitte announced his retirement from baseball after the 2010 season and did not play at all in 2011. He got the itch to return while with the team as a guest instructor earlier this month, ESPN's Buster Olney reports (on Twitter). The Yankees have left the door open for a return since Pettitte retired, so they were able to work a deal out once he decided to return.

It's unlikely that Pettitte will be able to start the season with the team. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says (on Twitter) that he will use the rest of Spring Training to get in shape, then rejoin the club. The Yankees currently have CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Freddy Garcia, and Ivan Nova for five rotation spots, so Pettitte makes seven starters for five spots.

Photo courtesy Icon SMI. Jack Curry of The YES Network first reported the deal. Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.


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165 Comments on "Yankees Sign Andy Pettitte"


j6takish
3 years 4 months ago

Que?

twenty1thirteen
3 years 4 months ago

My thoughts exactly.

Tko11
3 years 4 months ago

When I saw it on ESPN, I thought they were doing like a “this day 4 years ago segment” but no it is for real. 

jedicouncil
3 years 4 months ago

 ron guidry is next

Coollet
3 years 4 months ago

Wha..?!

Kevin Hill
3 years 4 months ago

wait, what?

fxx3605
3 years 4 months ago

am i really seeing this

3 years 4 months ago

Is today April Fool’s Day? Am I dreaming?

Ethan Wolvek
3 years 4 months ago

I had to check the date too. Could be a good thing. The warm place in my heart that’s reserved for Andy is happy but, as with so many other things involving the Yanks, I’ll reserve my enthusiasm for when reality strikes (no pun intended).

James Attwood
3 years 4 months ago

Did NOT see this one coming at all.

3 years 4 months ago

Are ya sure it is not some other guy who happens to have the name Andy Pettitte?

$17049574
3 years 4 months ago

Yes. He’s 46 and used to be called “Freddy Garcia”. Stupid birth certificates.

CAD_Monkey
3 years 4 months ago

That’s what I was thinking.  I had to count the t’s to make sure he’s the real Andy Pettitte

Ethan Wolvek
3 years 4 months ago

Maybe it’s Fausto Carmona posing as Andy Pettite.

DerekJeterDan
3 years 4 months ago

IS this true !?!? YES!!!!!!

Patrick Oliver
3 years 4 months ago

YES! (no TV pun intended)

3 years 4 months ago

Is this an early April Fools joke?

patsfanatic2010
3 years 4 months ago

Holy crap, what happened to retirement Andy?

gmenfan
3 years 4 months ago

 Eh … that wife … those kids … that barking dog. Retirement sucks …

ColonelTom
3 years 4 months ago

It’s not April 1, is it?

Big pickup for the Yankees if Pettitte can pull it together for one more run.

TheHotCorner
3 years 4 months ago

 Exactly…either can’t afford them or doesn’t want to be around them.

Vmmercan
3 years 4 months ago

What?

Morley C
3 years 4 months ago

I know, I know, the new rules say you’re not supposed to ask “is this a joke?”…but seriously…I actually want to know.

3 years 4 months ago

Wow, did someone get hurt. Guess Hughes never gonna start again lol

DerekJeterDan
3 years 4 months ago

Yankees are loaded for 2012. 

3 years 4 months ago

Maybe Pineda is really staring in the minors

3 years 4 months ago

could work

letsgogiants
3 years 4 months ago

Theres no way Pettitte starts the year in the Yanks rotation…he won’t be ready as they’re probably put him in extended spring training and maybe even in Triple-A later on to see if his stuff is back.

3 years 4 months ago

Wha–what WHAT?

NYBravosFan10
3 years 4 months ago

miiiiiiiight wanna consider editing that one

diesel2410
3 years 4 months ago

This isn’t offensive at all…

NYBravosFan10
3 years 4 months ago

yeah, I guess not but hey, everything is offensive to somebody on the internet right?

diesel2410
3 years 4 months ago

Did you seriously just flag that?

NYBravosFan10
3 years 4 months ago

Nope, that wasn’t me

3 years 4 months ago

Nevermind.

Patrick Oliver
3 years 4 months ago

What was said?

grant77
3 years 4 months ago

I said there was a typo and wondered how the Yankees kept this so quiet.

Patrick Oliver
3 years 4 months ago

What is wrong with that? Were choice words used?

grant77
3 years 4 months ago

I said there was a typo and wondered how the Yankees kept this so quiet.

Lastings
3 years 4 months ago

“Roger Clemens!!!!!!! Is in George’s… Wait what? Andy Pettitte? Damn…”- Suzyn Waldman

jondogg2010
3 years 4 months ago

I seriously thought I accidentally loaded the 2005 Mlbtraderumors feed. If there was one at the time. erm.

TheGalen
3 years 4 months ago

What?!? Is this a joke??