YES Network man Jack Curry tweets that the Yanks signed Pettitte to a one-year, $2.5-million minor league contract (which is really something that only the Yankees could do). Pettitte, who retired after the 2010 season, apparently had dreamed of a comeback in recent weeks.
But this comeback is kind of silly. Not for Pettitte—because we know that he can throw 180ish innings with a good strikeout rate and all those illegal pickoffs until his arm falls off, and we'd take $2.5 million a year if we could find it—but for the Yankees. We told you not so long ago that the Yankees will have an astonishing rotation in 2012. Fangraphs recently ranked the staff seventh-best in baseball, which, to our eyes, seems a little low, and, in any case, is more than sufficient to support the Bombers' thumping lineup. The Yankees already had six viable starters pre-Pettitte. Now they have seven. Which is two too many!