Andy Pettitte actually told Brian Cashman early on last year that he was thinking about coming back, but never actually approached him about signing a deal until he knew for sure.
It sounds like he’s doing the same thing this season as Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News reported that he has begun offseason workouts and expects to tell the Yankees soon if he thinks he’s capable of coming back again at 40-years-old.
“All I’d say is a decision will be made soon,” he told Marc Carig of Newsday.
This is great news from the perspective that it sounds as if he definitely wants to come back, but is just unsure his body will hold up. So hopefully he’ll throw a bullpen or two, feel good, and then he and the Yankees can enter negotiations.
I suspect that he will be able to ramp it back up again. He was very good this year with a 2.87 ERA, 8.2 K/9, and a 2.5 BB/9. He was on the DL, but only after he took a comebacker off his ankle. His body was durable though and he didn’t show any signs of breaking down. Not to mention that even in the 85-88 mph range he clearly knows how to pitch and it just isn’t about stuff.
Hopefully the Yankees will at least get an answer from Pettitte before the Winter Meetings next week because if his answer is ‘no’ then Cashman will have to get busy looking for a replacement.