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.


165 Responses to Yankees Sign Andy Pettitte Leave a Reply

  1. j6takish 3 years ago

    Que?

  2. fxx3605 3 years ago

    am i really seeing this

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

    • Ethan Wolvek 3 years 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).

  4. James Attwood 3 years ago

    Did NOT see this one coming at all.

  5. Kevin Hill 3 years ago

    wait, what?

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

    • $17049574 3 years ago

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

    • CAD_Monkey 3 years 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 ago

      Maybe it’s Fausto Carmona posing as Andy Pettite.

  7. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

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

  8. Is this an early April Fools joke?

  9. patsfanatic2010 3 years ago

    Holy crap, what happened to retirement Andy?

    • gmenfan 3 years ago

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

  10. ColonelTom 3 years 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 ago

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

  11. Vmmercan 3 years ago

    What?

  12. Morley C 3 years 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.

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

  14. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

    Yankees are loaded for 2012. 

  15. Maybe Pineda is really staring in the minors

    • letsgogiants 3 years 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.

  16. Wha–what WHAT?

  17. NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

    miiiiiiiight wanna consider editing that one

  18. Lastings 3 years ago

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

  19. jondogg2010 3 years ago

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

  20. TheGalen 3 years ago

    What?!? Is this a joke??

  21. Vmmercan 3 years ago

    Did the liner knock Freddy’s hand off or something?

  22. So… LOOGY acquired?

  23. WILL__H 3 years ago

    I thought he was signed to be the new coach of the KNICKS

  24. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    He’s the new Brett Favre… not Oswalt.

  25. This just in – Andy Pettite has changed his name to Andy Cuarenta y Seis

  26. Matt Rox 3 years ago

    omg??

  27. mapway 3 years ago

    Does he have any gas left in his tank?
    HJ

    • gmenfan 3 years ago

       Better question … does he even have a gas tank ?

      • Coollet 3 years ago

        Nope, he works on steam power

      • JacobyWanKenobi 3 years ago

         Even better question … Can the Yankees afford gas at $5 a gallon? I can’t.

  28. Nick C 3 years ago

    His wife and kids must be driving him nuts………..

  29. Nick C 3 years ago

    His wife and kids must be driving him nuts……..

  30. GoFish 3 years ago

    Not wanting to be upstaged by their crosstown rivals, the Mets have reportedly convinced Al Leiter to unretire.

    • Vmmercan 3 years ago

      Leiter might have something left in the tank….Knowing the Mets it would be Steve Trachsel.

    • MB923 3 years ago

      Better off bringing Bobby Bo back, after all, he’s probably making just as much as Pettitte is right now lol

    • HobokenMetsFan 3 years ago

      yep, he’s penciled in to be the ace of our staff too!

    • MetsMagic 3 years ago

      We’re one step ahead, remember David Cone in 2003? 

  31. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    stem cells

  32. Cassandra Malork 3 years ago

    I did not see this coming, but this is a great thing for Yankees baseball! So excited to see Andy P. back in Pinstripes!

  33. Now they are poised to win the 2000 World Series.

    • Vmmercan 3 years ago

      Not for anything, but Pettitte two years ago shut down Texas in the ALCS. Granted he lost 2-0, but that was only because Cliff Lee had a 13K shutout.

    • jjs91 3 years ago

      Petites last good year was his last year

      • ellisburks 3 years ago

        In 2010.

        • jjs91 3 years ago

          So a whole year off big deal.

          • ellisburks 3 years ago

            one and a 1/3. but who’s counting.

          • jjs91 3 years ago

            That extra 4 months is a real killer

          • ellisburks 3 years ago

            At 25 maybe not. At 39 ehhhhh….

          • jjs91 3 years ago

            That extra 4 months is a real killer

          • ellisburks 3 years ago

            one and a 1/3. but who’s counting.

        • MB923 3 years ago

          Look what happened to Bartolo. And he was an ineffective pitcher when he left.

          • ellisburks 3 years ago

            And how often does that happen?

          • MB923 3 years ago

            I don’t know, how often does a pitcher in his late 30’s/early 40’s retire for a whole year and then come back?

            And as peopel said in case you don’t know, his last season he was very good. Sure it came a year and a half ago but that doesn’t mean he still cant pitch good ball games.

            Besides, I’m sure you would take him in the Sox rotation over some of the back end possibilities anyway.

  34. Vmmercan 3 years ago

    Join the team? I’m so confused. I literally have no explanation for this. Even if somehow Nova and all of his success was held in the minors for no reason, Hughes and Freddy filled out the bullpen, you still have three mlb ready minor leaguers….Why does this make any sense?

    • jjs91 3 years ago

      Nova may have nothing to work on in the minors but pineda might if they want him to perfect the change, hughes could also be put there to work on the curve i guess.but this changes nothing for at least a month.

    • Mike Bratton 3 years ago

      ticket sales

      • Vmmercan 3 years ago

        They’re gonna draw 3.5 million instead of 3.5 million?

  35. I guess he doesn’t have to worry about the Clemens’ trial…

  36. Ian_Smell 3 years ago

    What year is it?

  37. Tko11 3 years ago

    Brett Favrin it I see “the itch is there” 

  38. Does this have anything to do with the Clemens re-trial?  It looked all but certain that he would have to testify against The Rocket, now since it was his wife’s testimony that caused the mis-trail, and the retrial date has been set for 4/16, maybe the lawyers agreed in discovery to exclude everything and anything related to “The Little Buddy” and move on with the trial? 

    And now POOF!!!  Heeeeeeeeere’s ANDY!!!

    • hardcoreforhardcore 3 years ago

       You very well may be on to something there.

      • Combine that with the fact that Pettitte made a quick exit from baseball when Clemens was first indicted.  A lot of smoke here, probably some fire somwhere too.

      • Combine that with the fact that Pettitte made a quick exit from baseball when Clemens was first indicted.  A lot of smoke here, probably some fire somwhere too.

  39. not for nothing , but didnt Andy talk Posada into retirement? I dunno, I can’t make sense of this

  40. ARod's Ring 3 years ago

    Posada must feel really lonely now.

  41. is this a early april fools joke?

  42. Does this mean Mo pushes back his retirement announcement?

  43. Does this mean Mo pushes back his retirement announcement?

  44. grant77 3 years ago

    Typo alert!

    Wonder how the Yankees kept this quiet for so long.

  45. grant77 3 years ago

    Typo alert!

    Wonder how the Yankees kept this quiet for so long.

  46. This is Awesome! Glad to see he’s coming back.

  47. Maybe he’s using steroids again…since you know that’s okay.

  48. MB923 3 years ago

     LOL Jack Curry just wrote this on Twitter:

    When Pettitte heard Cashman talk about Pettitte on the Michael Kay Show, he told Cashman that got “his juices flowing.”

  49. m4r1n3r 3 years ago

    He’s likely to make the rotation unless he is terrible which I don’t see him being terrible. That being the case… who do Yankee fans see getting bumped from the rotation?

    • m4r1n3r 3 years ago

       And do you think it might be Pineda based on the fact that if you keep him in AAA you can get one more year of control.

    • Patrick Oliver 3 years ago

      I would bump Garcia. I would have Garcia as a long RP. That is if everyone pitches well.

  50. formerdraftpick 3 years ago

    Cool.  Very cool.

  51. dook83 3 years ago

    He would be Boston’s #3 starter lol

    • MB923 3 years ago

      I don’t know about #3, but probably #4

    • Paul Shailor 3 years ago

       he would have been their number 1 in september last year.

    • Paul Shailor 3 years ago

       he would have been their number 1 in september last year.

  52. Patrick Oliver 3 years ago

    Welcome back Andy! Glad you are back one more year.

  53. Nevermind.

  54. Visionsofsilver 3 years ago

    He’s broke and needs the money. Move along.

  55. ferbull 3 years ago

    andy its back !!

  56. Yankeeboy11 3 years ago

    I wonder how’s the rotation ganna look like when Andy reaches the majors 

  57. JaKool 3 years ago

    If he can’t beat out Hughes and Garcia he stinks.  Hughes is nothing but a big BUST and Garcia’s fastball is 80 mph. 

  58. Tinker61 3 years ago

    I wonder why all the non Yankees fans feel the urge to make “cutesy” remarks about a guy that’s won 240 games or so coming back after one year.   Players come back from injuries that have been out a year.  As a long time yankees fan, I think it’s a great idea, and wish hin all the sucess.

    • HerbertAnchovy 3 years ago

      I’m not a Yankee fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I always liked Pettitte. Seems like a classy guy. 

  59. Tinker61 3 years ago

    I wonder why all the non Yankees fans feel the urge to make “cutesy” remarks about a guy that’s won 240 games or so coming back after one year.   Players come back from injuries that have been out a year.  As a long time yankees fan, I think it’s a great idea, and wish hin all the sucess.

  60. lanienyc 3 years ago

    My prayers have been answered!

  61. RetroRob 3 years ago

    Mariano Rivera please take note.  Playing MLB and making millions is more fun that staying home with the kids.

  62. RetroRob 3 years ago

    Posada might want to start taking some pratice swings based on how Ibanez has looked this spring.

  63. MeYankeeGirl212 3 years ago

    I’m so happy I could scream for joy. Last year when he “retired” I was so sad that I never wanted to watch another game. Boy oh Boy–just look at me now !! I just bought my subscription !!

  64. I guess it takes over a year to flush one’s system of performance enhancing drugs

    • Hello Everyone! I too am very happy. Let’s all remember that Nolan Ryan went 12-6 when he was 44.Early Wynn went 22-10 when he was 39 and 8-2 when he was 41. Now don’t mean to insult anyone but does anyone think that Andy would come within 100 mile from a performance enhanching substance?Greg Maddux went 14-11 when he was 41. So don’t sell Andy short!

      • Max Forstag 3 years ago

        Will Derek Lowe challenge for the Cy Young this season too?

  65. Yankee Lover 1 3 years ago

    Omg Andy pettite was not seeing this coming thank the lord

  66. Runtime 3 years ago

    …what?

  67. Yankeesgirl 3 years ago

    49 year old pitcher? It seems kinda risky, but I really want a comeback. I think he will do fine…for his age.

  68. William Mendoza 3 years ago

    incredible go yankees!!

  69. Patrick Oliver 3 years ago

    My rotation – Sabathia (LHP), Nova (RHP), Pettitte (LHP)
    My closer – Rivera (RHP)
    My bullpen – Soriano (RHP), Robertson (RHP), Wade (RHP)
    My tryouts – All others
    Note – Pettitte is in the rotation as soon as ready, but not on Opening Day. Whomever won the spring tryout would be my temporary.

  70. jjs91 3 years ago

    Potentially…

  71.  Potentially 2.5… that means it doesn’t count towards payroll. Also, it doesn’t affect 2014 at all.

  72. jjs91 3 years ago

    Is the word potentially that unclear? Besides 2 nilion is not alot.

  73. NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

    i figured that’d get removed. The ending phrase was a test run. You think he could live up to 2.5 million?

  74. NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

    seeing as how I have posts well before this…
    #sarcasmfont

  75. jjs91 3 years ago

    I dont see why not if he kept himself in shape, if he got injured and stayed on the shelf an entore yr would this be as big of a deal? Colon didnt pitch for a yr i think, and went through a lot worse than petite did.

  76. jjs91 3 years ago

    Though i dpnt think he will be ready at the start of the year, probably will need some time.

  77. ImperialStout 3 years ago

     Unstable?  Fad name? 

    So me going by my own birth name is ridiculous, right?

  78. cjr45 3 years ago

    How is Stanton unstable mentally for deciding to go by his given name. His full name is Giancarlo-Cruz Michael Stanton.

  79. ariel777 3 years ago

    BTW…Stanton’s given name is Giancarlo

  80. Vmmercan 3 years ago

    I usually hate memes and internet schemes, but for some reason….And not all the time, but sometimes, this just cracks me up. So, thank you.

  81. NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

    you’re the best thing since BLEATCHERCREATURE

  82. Morley C 3 years ago

     Dude…I can’t believe you missed this golden opportunity to post “He is too old to begin the training”.

  83. wadebets 3 years ago

     Thats because Kazmir is horrible and Oswalt is stubborn.

  84. MetsFanXXIII 3 years ago

     Kazmir probably shouldn’t be though.

  85. Yankee_Baal 3 years ago

     Oswalt wants more (and should get more) than 2.5 on incentives on a minor league deal, plus, he’s been picky. Kazmir on the other hand is pitching slower than Pettite and doesn’t have Moyer’s track record as a soft throwing tossing lefty, he actually used to be a K machine.

  86. jjs91 3 years ago

    Minor league players arent on rosters in cases like these.

  87. Jason Richards 3 years ago

    Scott kazmir was throwing 85 miles per hour and got lit up last year by minor leaguers and theres plenty of teams that would sign Oswalt tomorrow, he’s just making it difficult.

  88. jjs91 3 years ago

    Pettittes last good yr was 2010 so…

  89. baseball52 3 years ago

    Yes because Mike is just too mainstream.

    /hipstersarcasm

  90. Ian_Smell 3 years ago

    My skills are used best in other facets. Like retiring early or whining because I can’t make rosters.

  91. NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

    Everyone deserves a second chance.

  92. You really believe this???  There are two kinds of professional athletes, the kind that have been caught using PEDs, and the ones who haven’t been caught — yet…  I’ve talked to enough insiders to be convinced that 99%+ are using something, or have used something.  Who cares.  It’s their bodies, their choice.

  93. Patrick Oliver 3 years ago

    Let us move on.

  94. icedrake523 3 years ago

     Is that a question?

  95. 99%? “You really believe this???”. I don’t care what the effect it on THEIR bodies. I care about the effect on the game.

  96. nepp 3 years ago

     Pettitte was pretty damn good when he retired in 2010.  132 OPS+ and a 2.8 Win player (per B-R.com)

    Hell, a year off might help his arm to be honest.

  97. Tko11 3 years ago

    Can’t believe this comment got 8 likes.

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