It’s been a while since Joe Girardi last spoke to Andy Pettitte
“He’s on my list to call,” Girardi said. “I always give him some time away before I start badgering him.”
Girardi said he does not know which way Pettitte is leaning, but he went into this offseason less optimistic than usual about Pettitte coming back.
“I was not as convinced that he was going to come back and play this year as I had been in previous years,” Girardi said. “But I’ve always said it’s hard to ask a player the last day of the season, a week after the season, a couple of weeks. You have to give them a couple of months to get away from it and see how they’re feeling inside of their hearts, and then you discuss it.
“… It could have been the frustration of the injuries (that made him hesitant) and he may feel great. I would imagine he feels great now. And he might have a different thought process.”
• Brian Cashman suggested he has things going on in and out of Orlando: “I’ve been engaging a lot of people. I may jump out of these meetings and go somewhere and come back, just like Vegas a couple of years ago. I’ve already met with one player, and I intend to meet with another player, and I might actually jump out of this location to meet with another player. I’ve been very busy, and we’re ready to rock and roll, but regardless if something happens or if nothing happens, we have a good team already. We’re just trying to add to it.”
• Although Cashman has indicated he’s not necessarily looking for a utility man, Girardi said it’s too early to know who might play that role for the Yankees next season. “You’ve got to wait and see what we add, the possibilities that we have going into spring training,” Girardi said. “(Eduardo Nunez) came up and got his feet wet with us last year. Pena filled in pretty well for us. I know when you look at Ramiro Pena’s numbers you don’t necessarily look at the average and say he had a great year, but he had some big RBIs for us. He really did. You wait to see what you have, and then you start talking about what you can do.”
• As you might have guessed, Girardi referred to Nunez as “Nuny.”
• Cashman is talking to several free agents and teams. How are those talks going? “Like most of them, slow,” Cashman said.
• Is the Yankees budget flexible? “I’m always willing to entertain whatever anybody comes into my office and wants to talk about,” Hal Steinbrenner said. “So is Hank. Hopefully that answers your question. But not always, no. Not always. It depends on how I feel, if I have my coffee yet today.”
• Via text message, Dave Eiland said he had no comment on reports that he’s about to accept a job with the Rays.
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