It seems, in the wake of the Teixeira signing, that the Yankees are finally tightening their purse strings. Andy Pettitte feels that he deserves about the $16 million he earned last season, when he pitched .500 and had an ERA just north of 4.50.
Being that we don't independently trust ERAs in this metrics era, his ERA+ for the year comes out to 92.13. Ouch! That is comfortably below the average number of 100.
For you sabermetrics newbies, ERA+ factors in a player's league average, his ERA and the ballpark he plays in.
But somehow $10 million is not enough. For the record, Pettitte's second half ERA+: 67.14. AA material.
Not that Phil Hughes dominated last year, but I have a feeling his numbers, or Alfredo Aceves', and maybe even Ian Kennedy's over a full season would exceed at least the second number, if not the first one. Maybe it's time for the youth to compete for a spot.
And Ben Sheets is an injury machine. The Yankees would be foolish to sign him after signing the similarly frail A.J. Burnett this offseason. I am starting to advocate the youth committee for the fifth starter job. Pettitte's jersey should stay behind in the Old Yankee Stadium, where we can remember his contributions fondly.