â€œObviously we want Andy to stay with the Yanks and pitch for us in â€™08,â€ Brian Cashman said a few minutes ago. â€œIn fact Iâ€™d say I need him to. Heâ€™s an important piece for us.â€
Cashman spoke to Pettitte for approximately 15 minutes and told him the Yankees would give him time to decide. The $16 million deal remains on the table. But as Cashman builds his roster, he will need a decision sometime in the next two months.
â€œWeâ€™ll have to talk about that,â€ Cashman said. â€œRight now, believe me, I understand where heâ€™s coming from. Weâ€™ll wait.â€
Direct from the lobby of the hotel, here is Cashman talking about Andy Pettitte’s decision to decline his option for 2008: