Right now, the New York Yankees are in a really desperate need for starting pitching. How desperate might they be?
Currently, their rotation is made up of CC Sabathia, who is coming off his worst season in the majors, Ivan Nova, who still remains a mystery, and Hiroki Kuroda, who was phenomenal for the Yankees up until the month of August and wore down in the final two months.
Phil Hughes signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Twins, Michael Pineda has yet to throw a single pitch for the team in two years since being traded for and Andy Pettitte has retired.
Speaking of Pettitte, the media asked Yankees general manager Brian Cashman on Friday about Pettitte and if he would put off retirement for a second time to help the pitching-starved team for at least one more season, but the Yankees GM shot down that idea very quickly.
“He has shut it down for good,” Cashman said. “That door is closed.”
Pettitte initially retired following the 2010 season and spent the 2011 season in retirement, but came back to the Yankees in 2012 by signing a one-year, $2.5 million deal to help the Yankees get to the postseason; he posted a 5-4 record with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts and looked like a 30-year-old pitcher instead of a 40-year-old one, but got side-tracked when he was struck with a line drive on his ankle, causing it to fracture and sidelined him for three months. He did return in late September to help the Yankees win the American League East and got them to the American League Championship Series, but lost in four games to the Detroit Tigers.
After 2012, Pettitte re-upped with the Yankees again on a one-year, $12 million deal to give it one more go with the Yankees and posted an 11-11 record with a 3.74 ERA in 30 starts and had 128 strikeouts in 185.1 innings. His final appearance in the majors was back on Saturday, September 28 where he tossed a complete game 2-1 victory over his hometown Houston Astros, the same team he pitched three seasons for from 2004-2006. The complete game victory was essentially the perfect way for Pettitte to end his career, especially pitching in Houston with his family and friends all in attendance.
Of course, with the Yankees in a dire need for pitching, it would make sense for some media members to be curious about Pettitte's availability for the 2014 season, but the 41-year-old did say that his body was no longer able to push through a full season at his age and he didn't want to try and do it anymore, thus the retirement from baseball.
So for those hoping, there won't be a second comeback from Pettitte with the Yankees and they will have to search elsewhere to fill their rotation out for the 2014 season.
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