Andy Pettitte still hasn’t made a decision about whether or not he’s going to play in 2011, but he has been working out for a couple of weeks now. This has led some people in the game to wonder, if he’s not going to play then why is he working out?
That’s why people around baseball, including the Yankees, are becoming more optimistic that Pettitte will return in 2011.
One “baseball official” posed that same question with Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman with the belief that Pettitte will come back. Another source told Craig Calcaterra of NBC’s HardBall Talk blog that there is a “very strong possibility” that he pitches next year.
Of course all of this means nothing. Pettitte might actually be on the fence still and is just working out in case he decides to play. As I’ve said for a few weeks now, until we hear it from Pettitte himself it’s just speculation.
Even still, the Yankees seem to be buying into it. According to Heyman, they seem ready to make an offer to Pettitte of $12 million. This isn’t really new though as we heard almost a month ago that the Yankees were willing to increase Pettitte’s salary from the $11.75 million he earned in 2010 to somewhere between $12 and $13 million in 2011.
Nothing has changed though. We’re still waiting to hear from Pettitte who may or may not retire.