Andy Pettitte brings credibility, a winning attitude and a relentless work ethic to the Yankees. In the end, those things might end up being more valuable than anything he does on the mound.
The Yankees have been overhauled again this winter, and as manager Joe Girardi tries to instill the right mindset, people like Pettitte can play a huge role.
The Yankees could be pushed by the Red Sox and Rays from beginning to end. There will be losing streaks, tests and all of the other things even really good baseball teams experience. Somewhere along the way, the Yankees will become a real team, or they will come apart at the seams. If there are enough core guys that understand it's only about the bottom line, they have a chance to survive. Maybe they even will survive A-Rod's usual soap opera.
Those great Yankee teams got it, and Pettitte will help this Yankee team get it, too. No one knows what he has left in the tank. After all, Pettitte is a 36-year-old pitcher with a cranky elbow, and he is coming off a season in which he pitched terribly down the stretch (5.35 ERA after the All-Star break). Pettitte pitched hurt at the end of last season because his team needed him. He was setting an example for every other player in the clubhouse. His teammates knew he wasn't right, and they appreciated his effort.Justice makes a good point here. I've always felt the addition of Pettitte to this rotation was very important and its importance went beyond numbers. Not only is he a very solid no. 4 or 5, but he's going to be a leader on that staff, and will help CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett adjust to New York. Oh, and like Justice says, he gets it.
Pettitte is an interesting guy in that he doesn't say much and needs an occasional kick in the pants. He isn't a star in the way the Yankees sometimes measure stars. No headlines. No celebrity rating at all. He is just a baseball player -- a good, tough baseball player who only wants to win. He doesn't care if it is about him or someone else. He just wants another ring.
Even after all of Cashman's good work, it is impossible to know how good the Yankees are going to be. But re-signing Pettitte pushes them a step in the right direction.
(hat tip to Was Watching)
But what about you, how important is the addition of Pettitte?