Here is what Andy Pettitte told a Houston TV station:
“The New York Yankees committed an awful lot of money to me and put it in my hands, gave me a player option and trusted me with that option. It probably wouldnâ€™t be real honorable for me not to do anything other than if I shut it down, shut it down or go back and play for the New York Yankees.”
Pettitte has until Nov. 7 to tell the Yankees whether he plans to return. He has a $16 million option. He was 15-9, 4.05 and had no elbow issues. While he is tight with Joe Torre, he also had a good relationship with Joe Girardi.
“I gotta figure out in my own mind exactly what I want to do,” he said. “I know a lot of speculation is out there as far as with Skip losing the job an stuff like that, what effect it would have. But the Yankees gave me the contract. Thatâ€™s the organization that has committed to me and it wonâ€™t have any bearing.”