The return of Andy Pettitte makes complete sense to me.
First, the Yankees get a guy who has topped 200 innings for two straight years, showing that his elbow doesn’t seem to be a problem.
Second, they get a guy who has gone through everything you can go through in New York and looked awfully darn good doing it.
Pettitte brings a tremendous track record back to the Bronx, both in the regular season and in the playoffs. No, he may not be the 21-game winner he was in 2003, but I don’t think he’s that far off. Plus, when October rolls around, are there many pitchers you would feel that comfortable handing the ball to?
Yes, I know … Pettitte’s career postseason record is only 14-9, but he has pitched some of the best games I’ve ever seen in October. And while his record in the World Series is 3-4, his ERA of 3.92 is pretty good.
I’ll put it this way: If the Yankees have a must-win game next October, I hope for their sake the ball is in his hand.
The other thing about signing Pettitte is that we’ll have a few months of Roger Clemens speculation. I think there’s more than a 50 percent chance that the Rocket will land in New York sometime this year, looking to win one more ring with Joe Torre, Derek Jeter and the rest of the Yanks.
Ted Lilly? Gil Meche? Jason Schmidt? No thanks. I’ll take Pettitte. And so did the Yankees.