For every other team in baseball, the best starting pitcher still on the free agent market is probably Carl Pavano. For the Yankees, that might not be the case. For the Yankees, there is still the possibility of Andy Pettitte.
“He’s in a position right now where he has to decide whether he wants to play or not,” Brian Cashman said. “Really, that has to come first. He knows if he puts himself in play, that we’d love to talk to him, but he’s got to go through that process.”
Cashman said the Pettitte situation has not changed since the Winter Meetings. Pettitte has told the Yankees to move forward as if he’s not going to pitch, but he has not settled on retirement and the Yankees are still think there’s a chance he’ll come back.
“He has not officially retired,” Cashman said. “He has not officially decided to play either. We’re focused on the available marketplace, and he hasn’t put himself in that marketplace. I don’t wake up today with the Cliff Lee decision having to make a phone call to Andy because, regardless of whatever Cliff was doing, it doesn’t affect whatever Andy is going to do.”
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