The Yankees are still hoping Andy Pettitte comes back even though they think he’s leaning toward retiring. If Cliff Lee had signed with them, they wouldn’t have had to worry so much. But team president Randy Levine spun the positive side of not spending all that money when he spoke to reporters at Tuesday’s Pinstripe Bowl promotional event, stressing the room in the payroll to spend. He said that there’s still time to improve the team and endorsed Brian Cashman’s patient approach.
The Yankees are among those teams being speculated as interested in starter Jeff Francis as well as reliever Brian Fuentes, although they already have two lefties in the bullpen with Boone Logan and Pedro Feliciano.
Besides saying he thinks Pettitte is indeed leaning toward retirement, Mark Teixeira told the media at that bowl game event that his hamstring is fine again following the tear suffered during the ALCS.
The Jays apparently have agreed on a one-year deal with 37-year-old Octavio Dotel, and his agent indicated he will get the chance to close. Dotel had an uninspiring 4.08 ERA and 22 saves with three teams last season.
Bobby Jenks is joining the setup crew at Fenway. He sounds less than thrilled with his old team, the White Sox.
The field at Yankee Stadium won’t be in the best shape after the second college football game in a month, with Syracuse playing Kansas State Thursday, but an AP report Tuesday stated that the plan is to resod.