Wednesday was a busy signing day as Andy Pettitte, B.J. Upton and Jonathan Broxton all finalized their plans for the 2013 season.
The New York Yankees decided to bring back Andy Pettitte for one more season. Pettitte, 40, started 21 games for the Yankees in 2012—going 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA. He missed a significant amount of time in 2012 with a fractured left ankle. He was able to return for the playoffs where he pitched well—posting an 0-1 record with a 3.29 ERA.
The return of Pettitte and re-signing of Hiroki Kuroda brings stability to the top of the Yankees rotation for 2013.
One of the biggest moves of the week was the B.J Upton signing by the Atlanta Braves. The Braves signed Upton to a five-year, $75.25 million contract and he is expected to take over the center field duties for the 2013 season.
Upton, 28, had spent his entire career with the Tampa Bay Rays and posted a .246 batting average, 28 home runs and 78 RBI in 2012.
It will be interesting to see whether or not the Braves are getting a player who can be a marquee centerpiece of the organization now that Chipper Jones has left the game for good.
The final significant move of the day was the re-signing of Broxton by the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds re-signed Broxton to a three-year, $21 million contract, according to ESPN.com
Broxton was acquired last season from the Kansas City Royals for a pair of minor leaguers. He finished up strong, posting a 3-3 record and a 2.82 ERA in 25 games with the Reds.
The Broxton move should allow the Reds to move Cuban fireballer Aroldis Chapman into the starting rotation in 2013.