Martin: Pettitte could give Yankees a “timetable” this week

Fan Confidence Poll: November 19th, 2012
Fitting the 2013 bullpen pieces together

Via Dan Martin: Left-hander Andy Pettitte could give the Yankees a “timetable” sometime this week. Does that mean he’ll tell them he’s going to return? When he’s going to have a decision about his future? Something else? Your guess is as good as mine.

Pettitte, 40, pitched to a 2.87 ERA (3.48 FIP) in 12 starts and 75.1 innings sandwiched around his leg injury this year. He said he wanted to make a decision about 2013 as quickly as possible following the team’s ALCS exit, indicating that he hoped to have an answer within a month. It’s been almost exactly a month now, so hopefully he gives the Yankees an answer soon one way or the other so they can move on with their offseason. Most believe Andy will come back next year, but it’s not a guarantee.

Fan Confidence Poll: November 19th, 2012
Fitting the 2013 bullpen pieces together
  • The Real Eddard

    The fact that he hasn’t made up his mind yet is a bad sign. There’s hesitation there going from I’ll have a definite decision to I’ll give you a timetable of when my decision will occur. The only thing that matters to Andy is winning another ring and I have to think that the austerity measures will hamper the team’s chances of winning a championship the next couple years. Andy is probably thinking do I want to come back to an aging, declining roster without Kuroda, Swisher and Soriano? And now the Blue Jays have made themselves formidable.

    • MannyGeee

      Blue Jays = Not formidable.

      They dont have Ichiro OR Nunez. And rumors from over the border is that Adam Lind is left-handed and potentially does not manscape.

      So there.

    • Get Phelps Up

      My god you’re a dumbass.

      • Cris Pengiucci


      • Robinson Tilapia

        Or quite the performance artist. I’m never sure.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          Yeah, that’s probably it. He makes a comment that’s sure to ignote conversation, and never follows up with anyone that makes a comment back to him. It’s really Axisa (or as someone point out, Ben) just ensuring we have something to talk about. :-)

          • Robinson Tilapia

            It’s obviously TSJC.


            • I am not the droids you’re looking for

              I am Spartacus.

    • teflonjoe

      To those in love with the Blue Jays. How did the overhaul trade work for Dodgers? The Marlins had these players and finished last. I doubt they will finish first or second in the division.

  • Cris Pengiucci

    Maybe the timetable is an indication that he’d like to pitch a reduced season (ala Clemens). I’d be fine with that.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Oh, I’m sorry, I’ve got this all wrong. The comment above mine clearly shows that someone knows exactly what’s going on in Andy’s mind and his reasoning for any decision he makes.

      ::rolls eyes::

      • jjyank


        Seriously, ever since Andy has been rolling with the “1 year deal and then talk to his family” thing, he’s never decided quickly. Given that his family wanted him to pitch in 2012, I would guess he’s coming back. But that’s just a guess.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          I would guess he’s coming back. But that’s just a guess.

          You mean you don’t speak with him personnally?!?!? You can’t read his mind and don’t know for sure what’s driving his decisions?!?!?

          • jjyank

            Nah, Andy hasn’t been returning my phone calls. Let’s ask Eddard!

  • ton lon ton

    pineda wont be avail till june 7th

  • Robinson Tilapia

    So they do what they did last season and proceed in a manner that leaves them prepared if he doesn’t, but allows for additional depth if he returns.

    I’m sure this will bring on some negative comments as to Andy’s intentions. He’s Andy Fucking Pettitte. You give him the time and find the room if he comes back. Respect your elders and get off my fucking stoop already.

    • Pat D

      My house has a stoop!

      Now get off it!

    • Cris Pengiucci

      get off my fucking stoop already.

      Spoken like a true city boy. I’d take out the shot gun and yell at them to get out of my yard.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I was going to say “yard,” but my yard isn’t much.

        I, however, do “have” a yard in NYC, or at least I rent one.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          And I’d imagine that pulling out a shot gun wouldn’t be looked upon favorable in the city. :-)

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Not when you live next door to the president of the block association. No.

  • Eli Whiteside

    eaxactly! Sign put Phelps in rotation n meantime and send him back to Scranton once Andy returns. Its Kuroda that we need to sign or we are in trouble!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s Kuroda we need to sign or weeeeee try to find another pitcher?

  • vin

    Seems like Dan Martin is the guy with all the contacts this offseason. He’s on top of every “story.” Better than Joel Sherman, I guess.

  • Herby

    Andy needs to come to a fucking decision already, not this, “he’s got a timetable,” crap and not leave the Yankees hanging like he’s done in the past…either he knows he’s coming back or he doesn’t, I’m sure he’s figured it out by now and if he’s not he needs to let them know so they can get on with plan B.
    I’ve got a deck, only old men stoop and he’s not my elder.

    • jjyank

      It’s not even Thanksgiving yet…the off season is still young. This comment would make sense in like, late January.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      I’m sure the Yankees won’t wait for him forever. They’re professionals, and I’m confident they’ve got a Plan “B” and “C”, and probably a “D” and so on. I suspect they’ve also let him know that they have a timetalbe as well and they’ll move on by a particular point in time if they don’t hear from him, which may limit what role he’ll play in 2013 if he waits too long.

    • Darren

      You want to know now because you are impatient. But this comment makes no sense. It’s not like the Yankees are going to lose out on a different free agent pitcher because Andy is taking his time. There is no replacement for him.

      It’s like when your hot, nice, cool girlfriend took her time to figure out if she’s gonna stay in NYC or move back to San Diego. If she leaves, your Plan B is to eat Beefaroni from a can and watch replays of 1998 ALDS Game 2 in your boxers and ratty Bam Bam Meulens muscle shirt. Adam Warren is the Beefaroni. It’s not a good Plan B. Let Andrew Eugene Pettitte take as much time as he needs and let’s hope he comes back.

    • BaltimoreYankee

      Herby – You could have made your point exactly as you did without using the word ‘fucking’. That goes for all you potty mouths. It’s not that fucking hard.

      • herby

        Sorry…but went to school in N.Y. and we all know the teacher comes in during first grade and goes through the alphabet…Fucking A…Fucking B….Fucking C…and so on.
        As for his timetable…how hard is it to really decide if you’re going to pitch or not and when his timetable is going to work out to be. I like Andy and hope he comes back, but you don’t know what other deal could be out there and who else could be reaching for it, be in Nov. or Jan.

  • Rich in NJ

    This gets old. I love Pettitte, but make up your mind now.

    • There’s the Door

      Agree, Rich. It’s the same thing year after year with him. Enough already — it’s not an existential crisis. Somebody is offering you pantloads of money to throw a baseball for seven months. Show some sack and make a call, one way or the other.

  • Ray

    I must have missed something about Kuroda. I did not hear that he is not coming back. Is this a definite? Thanks.

    • Ted Nelson

      Word just got out that he prefers SoCal since his daughters live there. Assuming the Padres aren’t a fit, that leaves two options. Both are players for Greinke, so we probably know nothing about Kuroda until that shakes out.

      Before this, word was he would only P for only the Yankees or in Japan… so who knows?

  • RetroRob

    Pitch. Make lots of money. Get away from the nagging wife.

    WTF, Andy?

  • Gonzo

    Is anyone else nervous about Andy pitching a full season?

    Hasn’t pitched over a 100 innings since 2010 season. Hasn’t pitched over a 150 innings since 2009. He turns 41 next year.

    • Thurdonpaul

      Thats a valid point, I would guess the Yankees would be careful with his innings and give him extra rest when they could.

    • Ted Nelson

      I’m probably not as nervous as most, but it’s a concern for me even. If they get Kuroda or another #2 caliber starter I don’t really care too much, though. At that point their depth is pretty good, with Phelps and possibly Pineda as well as Warren, Marshall, and probably some MiLB deal vet types. If they fail to get anyone else and Pettitte is their #2… sucks a bit more.

      Pettitte is a veteran who has been healthy other than a freak come-backer, so that’s why I’m not as worried as many probably are. Ps are inherently risky, but I would put more stock in Andy at his age than a lot of younger guys without his track record.

  • Miguel

    What If the Yanquees go get Asdrubal Cabrera , Shin-Soo Choo and also Chris Perez this way solve the back of the bullpen and the shortstop and by the way the right field spot . Use the farm Please

    • Ted Nelson

      They’ll solve two problems they don’t have at what is probably an above market price… and solve the problem they do have for one year.

    • tommy cassella

      what farm?

  • j

    I’d be fine with one of Kuroda or Pettitte and rolling with a rotation of CC, Kuroda/Pettitte, Hughes, Phelps, Nova. Only concern would be depth, with Nova, CC and Andy coming of injury seasons.

  • barry hall

    The Yankee’s problem is not the players they have drafted.Therefor they don’t have the prospects to make that needed trade.The problem is the people that is drafting these players.Why is most of the 29 other teams have good if not great young players to trade when needed.Name one player the Yankee’s have traded that has become an impact player besides Austin Jackson,which was a mistake.

    • Ted Nelson

      Do a little research into their farm system. There’s a lot of talent down there.

      In the last few years? Ian Kennedy. Melky Cabrera. Montero has a ton of potential at 23 years old and hit well outside of Safeco in 2012. Arodys Vizcaino just turned 22 last week. Melancon. How many other guys have the Yankees traded the last few years?

  • barry hall

    please don’t tell us Kennedy is that good , he’s average at best.Cabrera is a forth or fifth outfielder. Montero can’t hit a curve ball,no arm ,can’t run. Melancon is hit like a rented mule. As for the other guys the Yankee’s have traded,who and where are they?