Andy Pettitte was among the last players to officially file for free agency today, joining Fernando Tatis as those who did the paperwork on the final day. Starting tomorrow, teams can negotiate with all free agents.
Pettitte is an interesting case. He signed with the Yankees each of the past two years because he was chasing one more championship. Now that he has it, will the 37-year-old retire? Filing for free agency isn’t necessarily an indication that he wants to keep playing (it’s more of a formality) and at 229 career wins, it’s not like Pettitte has a realistic shot at 300.
Here’s what he said when he was asked about playing another year just after the World Series.
“I’m not sure,” he said. “I’m not. I’m not sure. I’ll need to get home and talk to my family. I’ll need to talk to the Yankees and find out where they’re at, and then I can probably start trying to figure out what I’d like to do.”
Joba Chamberlain, who became close with Pettitte, has supposedly been badgering him already about coming back to the Yankees and my bet is Pettitte comes back for one more year. At this point, I just don’t see him playing anywhere else and the Yankees could certainly do much worse than having him at the back of their rotation in 2010.