When the season ended, Andy Pettitte told Brian Cashman that he was leaning toward retirement. As far as Cashman is concerned, that’s still the case.
“I talked to his agent about it maybe a week to 10 days ago, that position hadn’t changed,” Cashman said. “That’s where it’s at as of right now.”
Pettitte’s retirement decision is nothing new, but a stated preference for staying home is unprecedented.
“That’s the first time he’s ever done that, told me that directly,” Cashman said. “That’s not an official anything, other than that he’s a very honest communicator. I just think that as every year goes by, that tug is a lot harder.”
So where does that leave the Yankees rotation decisions?
“I move forward like I’ve done the past few winters,” Cashman said. “This is what Andy does. He goes home and deeply thinks about what’s the best next step for him and his family. He’ll come to some sort of decision on that. It’s usually not too shortly thereafter this time frame. That’s where we’re at right now.”
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