Now that we’ve had some time to think about it, here’s a collection of thoughts on the mind-blowing Andy Pettitte signing.

1. Could end up being much ado about nothing

There’s no guarantee Pettitte can ramp it up in Tampa and prove to himself and coaches that he’s ready to pitch at a high-quality level. After all, he’ll turn 40 in June and hasn’t pitched in MLB since 2010. All this speculation and analysis might not mean sheeeettt.

2. What type of performance can we expect?

If Andy does get the call-up to the Boogie Down, what type of performance can we realistically expect? He was very good in his last season (3.28 ERA/3.85 FIP/3.89 xFIP), although he pitched only 129 innings due to a groin injury. If he’s in a slow decline phase, he could be average or slightly-above average. That’s a steal for $2.5 million.

3. We would not bump Phil Hughes to the bullpen to make room for him.

Unless Hughes is god awful, we would not jettison him to the bullpen to make room for Pettitte. First, Hughes is a former #1 prospect who clearly has a higher ceiling and longer-term future than a 39-year old Pettitte. Moving him to the pen means you are pissing away the opportunity to realize a very large potential value. Second, the Yankees already have the best bullpen in baseball. Adding another good reliever barely moves the wins needle.

4. Pettitte could provide an opportunity to reduce the amount of innings the top starters get during the regular season.

It could make for a meaningful advantage in the playoffs if CC, Kuroda, & Pineda have pitched significantly less innings than their opponent’s top 3. Maybe you skip a start every now and then, or rock a 6-man rotation at certain times like we saw in the latter stages of last season. Alternatively, you could reduce the amount of innings per start, and perhaps rotate some of the lower-tier starters as long relievers. However Joey G writes it up, it could mean fresher starting pitching come playoff time, when the importance of a top-heavy rotation looms large.

5. We hope the Yankees make their decisions based on baseball, and not placating the fanbase who still thinks it’s 1998

If it’s one thing the Yankees stink at, it’s dealing with the legacy/Core 4/headline-name players. What happens if the rotation is performing well, and Andy decides he’s ready to pitch in the bigs? Do the Yankees arbitrarily bump someone just to satisfy the large-nosed lefty?

Conversely, what if coaches realize that Andy can’t pitch at a high-quality level? There’s no certainty that Pettitte will be better than anyone currently slotted to take the mound. Will the front office tell him he’s not needed? Or will we see a Levine-like move to maximize ticket sales?

6. Some of the kids at AAA must really be dejected.

In December, we wrote “Help I’m in Triple A and I can’t get up“, regarding the cases of David Phelps, Adam Warren, and DJ Mitchell. This was before the Pettitte move. Now, the chances of them rotting away in the minors are even higher.

7. Let this be a lesson to all men

Andy spent a year at home seeing his wife on a daily basis. If only we all had a major league team to go back to…