The importance of Pettitte’s decision might be even greater now that Kuroda is back, and it would be easy to believe that the Yankees would want some assurance as to who will be in their rotation for 2013. With the huge moves made by the Toronto Blue Jays, a strong rotation will be a big necessity in a now much stronger AL East.
Even at the age of 40, Pettitte has continued to show that he still has what it takes to pitch effectively in the league. Last season, in just 12 starts, Pettitte went 5-4 with an ERA of 2.87. When healthy, Pettitte pitched well for the Yankees, and if he can have an injury free 2013 season, you can expect more of the same for the veteran left-hander.
If Pettitte is to return to the Yankees 2013, you can almost guarantee he will be the third starter, behind CC Sabathia, and Hiroki Kuroda. After that, the Yankees have a few other options. Phil Hughes seems to be a lock for the rotation after his strong 2012 season, and would most likely be the third starter if Pettitte does not return. Ivan Nova, David Phelps, and Michael Pineda, who might not be ready to return until, May are all solid options for the back end of the rotation.
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