Yes, my favorite gorgeous-looking, family-devoting, God-believing starter Andy Pettitte is back! The shocking news came out late last night (around US ET noon time) and I’m still so excited about it now! =.=a
Here is the link that covers the whole story of the big news on how the deal was struck~
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120316&content_id=27328302&vkey=news_nyy&c_id=nyy (Click on to see the videos!)
The Yankees agreed, and on Friday, 406 days after holding a retirement farewell at Yankee Stadium, the club finalized a non-guaranteed, $2.5 million Minor League contract with the 39-year-old left-hander.
Cashman acknowledged Friday that he had made Pettitte a substantial contract offer in the $10 million-12 million range before the club’s acquisitions of Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda, but with Pettitte unable to commit, the club moved on other opportunities.
“Quite honestly, at the time, I didn’t think either would happen,” Cashman said of the Kuroda and Pineda moves. “But I made sure he was aware that it was possible.”
During Pettitte’s last day in camp as a guest instructor, he pulled Cashman into Girardi’s office, closing the door behind them and telling him that he wanted to try pitching again.
They revisited the topic on March 10 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., when Pettitte was in the area for a church appearance, but an agreement was not officially reached until Friday morning.
“This is all about me having the desire to do this again,” Pettitte said, noting he’d play for no other team. “For what I’m coming back and playing for, it’s an awful lot of money and I realize that, but it’s a long ways away from what we were talking about in January. But I have a desire to work again.”
Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner authorized the payroll increase to accommodate Pettitte, and if the left-hander approaches anything like the 2010 season in which he was 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA as an American League All-Star, the Yankees feel they will have a bargain.
“This is Andy Pettitte,” Cashman said. “How do you say no to that potential asset, despite what you have? … All that equipment is still there, or should still be there. Let’s go see. Why not?”
Welcome back, Pettitte!! 😀