Yes, it’s true. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Andy Pettitte is returning to the Yankees. The 39-year-old starting pitcher has signed a one-year minor-league deal worth $2.5 million. This just happened, and as of this posting, Pettite’s Wikipedia page hasn’t even had time to be updated. (UPDATE: Now it has.)
The Yankees, according to Olney, will first work him back into condition before calling him up. He called the team after sort of just, well, hanging around, and said he wanted to make a comeback. He reportedly threw some secret bullpen sessions earlier this spring as he mulled his return.
As Olney points out, New York’s rotation now includes CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, Phil Hughes, Freddy Garcia and, now, Andy Pettitte.
The just-unretired lefty, according to Olney, won’t be ready “for some time.”