March 17, 2012- Andy Pettitte retired before the start of last season, but on Friday signed a one-year deal with the minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees. He also received an invitation to the New York Yankees spring training. If is makes the major league roster of the Yankees he will be given a deal worth $2.5 million.
The southpaw pitcher told reporters that he was embarrassed to return. He had told them at the time of his retirement that he would not return due to being embarrassed and because of that, he is incredibly embarrassed but back.
He said he had regained his desire to play again and did not want to regret it later, so he decided to return. He said he knows what he is doing is the right thing. The General Manager of the New York Yankees, Brian Cashman said there were not incentives in the deal and he only would be used as a starter, not reliever.
Pettitte is just 39 and in 2010 started 21 games for the Yankees. He was 11-3 with an ERA of 3.28. Pettitte said his family gave him their ok to return.
He said, “Last year they were not pleased about my retiring.” He added, “If my family was not in agreement with me doing this, I would not be here today.”