WHAT IT MEANS: ESPN colleague Buster Olney reports that Andy Pettitte is close to formally announcing he is coming back and a new deal is nearly completed.Yay!
Barring any trades, the Yankees now know what their rotation will look like in 2013. Pettitte will fit in nicely right in the middle of CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda on the front end and Phil Hughes and whomever wins the fifth spot on the back end. Ivan Nova and David Phelps are expected to battle in the spring for that spot.
The big question with Pettitte is going to be how many innings he can pitch in 2013. While last year's injury was somewhat fluky, he's now thrown a grand total of 204 innings over the last three years. But he should be pretty good when he's able to go, and I'd imagine barring another unlucky injury 175 innings or so is realistic and should be worth somewhere from 2-3 wins.
Add Mo and the Yankees will probably project as the favorites in the AL East, although Tampa Bay is neck and neck with them and hasn't made any moves yet and Toronto's probably not far behind. Right now I have the Rays around 87 wins and the Yankees and Toronto at around 85 (pre-Pettitte), although it's way too early for that to be of much use.
According to Jon Heyman, the deal is worth about $11M.
In other news, イチロー10億円減でもヤ軍残留１年契約
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But wait, there's more!
The Yankees are optimistic about completing a deal for Mariano Rivera this week, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). The free agent reliever would likely earn more than Andy Pettitte, who is expected to return on a one-year deal worth $10-11MM. Joel Sherman of the New York Post and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com also say the Yankees are optimistic about signing their longtime closer this week (Twitter links).
Yay all around, even though I'm guessing the 2013 Yankees will be the oldest team in MLB history. Maybe Cliff Lee was right.