Andy Pettitte has done it all with the New York Yankees. He has won five World Series, has the most postseason wins in franchise history and has been a three time All Star. But now the Yankees are awaiting the decision as to whether or not he will play for the team this season. Pettitte has not made it clear one way or the other and the Bronx Bombers could certainly use him in their rotation next year.
This has led Yankees general manager Brian Cashman to speak publicly about the situation and even offered a few words of advice for the 38-year-old left hander, according to sources.
“I told him, ‘Don’t Brett Favre us’,” Cashman said. “You got to be all in and fully dedicated to play. Do I need him? I need him, but I don’t want him to play if his heart’s not in it.”
Brett Farve has been mulling over retirement for years in the NFL and has set the bar on how to keep the media confused, while remaining in the spotlight. He is sports biggest diva and the Yankees do not want their own version.
Pettitte has spent the offseason at his home in Texas and has been trying to reach a decision on whether to retire or to return to the Yankees rotation, a rotation that is not very deep at the moment. The Yanks have three starters set in place for the start of next season: CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Phil Hughes. It is believed that Ivan Nova will secure a spot in the rotation during spring training but the Yankees would rather see him as the fifth starter.
“Being from Texas and having to be in New York for six months out of the year can be hard because [Pettitte] has kids and he’s missing important time with them,” Cashman added.
Since they did not make any moves to address their pitching this winter, the Yankees would suffer a significant blow if Pettitte did not return for at least one more season. In his career, Pettitte has a regular season record of 240-130 with 3.88 earned run average. He is currently seventh among active players in career strikeouts with 2,251.
It appears that Pettitte is leaning toward retirement but told the New York Post earlier this month that he had not reached a decision on if he wants to pitch for a 17th season.