Brian Cashman expanded a little on his thoughts about Andy Pettitte.
He thinks that if Pettitte had to decide now, he would retire. So the Yankees granting him time to make a decision only makes sense. Joe Girardi told us today that he has already reached out to Pettitte, a sign that the recruiting process is underway.
The Hendricks Brothers will make sure their guy gets paid. But Pettitte was emotionally swayed last season by Cashman and Joe Torre. It all started when he attended Torre’s charity dinner in November.
The Yankees can’t wait forever. But they can wait until Christmas and give their appeals time to work. If Pettitte had injury issues or hadn’t pitched well this season, he would be done. But he knows he can still pitch and he felt great all season. One more run with Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera will appeal to him. He also got close to Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes this season.
Joba is a Hendricks client, by the way. Think they might want Andy around influencing him?
This won’t get settled any time soon. But the Yankees know they have to exhaust every avenue to get the big lefty back.