While all media reports seemed to point toward Mussina riding off into the sunset following his first 20-win season, some of us were holding out hope. Now, according to Buster Olney
, it looks like Mussina may be leaning toward coming back and presumably going for 300 wins.
The blurb mostly focuses on Pettitte, and a friend of his saying he plans to pitch in 2009. Personally, I'd say if he wants to pitch you offer him arbitration, let him sign elsewhere, and collect the draft picks. He's cooked.
I'll say it one more time, give Moose a two-year deal for $20-$24M, with a player option for the third season at the same rate. That keeps him a Yankee through his 300th win, and if he gets it early he can retire. Keep him happy, and lock down one slot in the rotation for the next couple of years. Not to mention the fact that seeing Moose work his craft can only help guys like Hughes, Joba and Kennedy.
Then again, this time last year I was hoping against hope that Mussina would retire, so who knows. Would a rotation of CC, Wang, Mussina, Pettitte and then Joba/Hughes/Aceves be a good thing heading into 2009? Can Pettitte reinvent himself the same way the Moose did? I haven't seen any sign that he'll be able to make the adjustment from a cutter/fastball lefty into a change/curve soft-tossing lefty a la Jamie Moyer.