As exciting as it was to hear the news about Andy Pettitte‘s return, it’s very fair to wonder just what exactly he’ll be able to offer the Yankees once he’s ready to go. We won’t know the answer to that until he actually gets on a mound in real game situations, but Dan Syzmborski put his ZiPS system to work in the meantime (Insider req’d). ZiPS projects a 4.45 ERA and 1.5 WAR for Pettitte in 125.1 IP this year, accounting for the fact that he missed a full year but was above average before retiring. That’s basically a league average hurler, a bargain at the $2.5M price. For a seventh starter, that’s not bad at all.
Standard disclaimer: Projections are not predictions, just an estimate of current talent level.