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Soon after the New York Daily News reported that free agent lefthander Andy Pettitte informed the Yankees that he doesn’t plan to pitch at the start of the 2011 season, general manager Brian Cashman told The Journal News that no official decision has been made.
“I don’t think he’s determined if he’s officially finished or not, but he’s chosen at this stage at least not to start in 2011,” Cashman told the Daily News. “If that ever changes he’ll call us. We’re not going to hound him or bother him.”
Yankees GM Brian Cashman says Andy Pettitte still hasn’t decided on his future, clarifying an earlier comment that indicated Pettitte would return during the season.
When asked about that report, Cashman told The Journal News that it was a “misunderstanding.” Clarifying his statement, Cashman said that, at this time, Pettitte still is leaning toward retirement, but the Yankees have received no official word from him.
“Nothing new or different,” Cashman told The Journal News. “Exactly what I’ve been saying for the past month or two months.”
The Daily News speculated that although Pettitte might not begin the season as an active major leaguer, he could opt to return at some point during the season – as Roger Clemens did late in his career.
Unable to rely on Pettitte as a member of the team’s 2011 rotation, Cashman told the Daily News that he still is exploring the market for starting pitching.
Sounds like Cashman realized, after he spilled the beans, that a public proclamation stating Pettitte would not be available, for sure, to start the season, would put the Yankees in a bad spot with respect to trying to trade with other teams for a pitcher or signing a free agent pitcher. I guess even the best G.M. in baseball history can have a Corporal Randolph Agarn “Who says I’m dumb?” moment, huh?