Via Jon Heyman: Andy Pettitte is expected to decide whether he’ll return to pitch next season by the end of next week. He cites a “friend” of Pettitte, so take the report with a big grain of salt. Less than a week ago a “friend” indicated that Hiroki Kuroda preferred to pitch in Southern California, and we know how that turned out.
Earlier this week we heard that the 40-year-old Pettitte could give the team a “timetable” soon, and I suppose this qualifies. Most expect Andy to return next year after a big chunk of his 2012 comeback was wiped out by a fluke leg injury, but that’s not a guarantee. The Yankees would have to give the veteran left-hander a hefty raise over the $2.5M he earned this year, but I don’t think that’ll be much of an issue since it figures to be a one-year contract that would not impact the 2014 payroll plan.