In a league where pitchers seem to be getting better with age, I have to admit I am ecstatic over the signing of Andy Pettitte. Nostalgia, sure, veteran pitcher who knows how to step it up when it counts the most - yes.
The starting 4 stands as: Wang, Johnson, Mussina, Pettitte. That leaves Pavano, Karstens, Rasner, Hughes, and if we can sign him, Igawa to compete for starting spot number 5, and, when the inevitable dings happen and a spot starter is needed one of these guys can make a cameo appearance. This is as good as a starting pitching situation than any team in MLB has right now. I actually think that all 5 of the guys competing for spot number 5 have the stuff to make it big if given the chance. Rasner lit it up in the Fall/Winter league, and Karstens was fairly impressive in his starts, and if not for a few errors would have only lost 1 game.
Relief: With Pettitte back, this allows Proctor to be back in the bullpen. In addition to Proctor (who, arguably was one of, if not the most, valuable player for the Bombers last year) you have Farnsworth, Humberto Sanchez, and Brian Bruney as solid Right Handed Relief. On the lefty side, we may be a little light, and that remains one possible whole to look to fill. Anybody hear about the status of Mike Meyers? And we have some guy named Chase Wright who is any body's guess.
Throw in the greatest closer in the game and you have a pitching picture that (health permitting) is looking pretty damn good.
Give us a quality lefty middle reliever and I'm willing to stick the neck out and say this could be the best pitching staff from top to bottom in the last 30 years.