Pettitte discusses future in wake of Rivera’s retirement announcement

Via Dan Barbarisi: Andy Pettitte discussed his own future in the wake of Mariano Rivera announcing his intent to retire following the 2013 season. “It’s been a special run that we’ve all been on here—me, him, and (Derek Jeter),” Pettitte said. “In a sense I feel like it’s a run that should all end close together … It’s just weird — it’s like saying, do you think you could see yourself around here without Derek and Mo? Well, no, not really. But then you think, well, (Jorge Posada‘s) out, he’ll be out two years this year. The game goes on. Life goes on.”

Pettitte, 40, has already said he is undecided about pitching beyond this season. He told Barbarisi he believes he can figure handle pitching for another few years physically, but he will need to adjust as his velocity slides and stuff like that. Regardless of what the upcoming free agent pitching classes looked like, the Yankees should be open to signing Pettitte to one-year contracts for as long as he’s willing to pitch. There’s a trust factor there — I doubt Andy would continue to pitch if he stunk, got hurt, or just didn’t think he could be effective anymore.


Pettitte undecided about pitching beyond 2013

I think most of us have assumed that the 2013 season would be Andy Pettitte‘s last as a player, but apparently that may not be the case. Pettitte told Dan Barbarisi and Jack Curry that he will make a decision about his pitching future next winter, though he made sure to mention that he wants to finish his career strong. We sat through a few weeks of “will he or won’t he pitch?” this past offseason and it looks like we might be in store for some more in a few months. I love Andy, but I hate that part about him.

Rosenthal: Pettitte will not pitch in World Baseball Classic

Via Ken Rosenthal: Andy Pettitte will not pitch for former manager Joe Torre and Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. He had until February 20th to make his final decision.

As I’ve said before, I’m glad Pettitte will remain with the Yankees in Spring Training even though it would have been neat to see him pitch in the WBC. Rosenthal says there’s a chance Justin Verlander will join the squad — Kris Medlen recently withdrew from the event as well — which would be a pretty huge for Team USA. Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, and Frankie Cervelli as the only Yankees who will participate in the tournament.

Teixeira — not Pettitte — on Team USA roster for WBC

Team USA announced its official roster for the World Baseball Classic earlier today (seen here), with Mark Teixeira being the only Yankee to make the squad. Andy Pettitte was reportedly going to participate in the event, but he is not on the final roster. Bob Klapisch explains that Pettitte’s exclusion may have to do with the insurance (or lack thereof) on his contract. Not gonna lie, I’m happy Andy will be the Yankees and not Team USA during Spring Training.

The remaining WBC rosters will be announced later this afternoon. Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) and Frankie Cervelli (Italy) will participate in the tournament, and that’s expected to be it as far as 40-man roster players go.

Heyman: Pettitte will participate in WBC

Via Jon Heyman: Andy Pettitte will be part of the Team USA pitching staff during the World Baseball Classic in March. He’ll be joined by R.A. Dickey and Ryan Vogelsong in the rotation.

I’m surprised the Yankees gave Pettitte the okay to participate in the tournament, but I suppose they have more than enough trust in him to do what’s necessary to prepare for the season. Then again, I don’t even know if they had to consent. Andy probably wanted to pitch for Team USA in what figures to be his final season. It’ll be fun to see him pitching in the WBC, but I will be a bit nervous until he makes it through the thing in one piece.

Yankees re-sign Andy Pettitte

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The comeback went well this season but a fluke leg injury cut it short, so Andy Pettitte has decided to return for another year. The two sides finished up contract talks and have agreed to a new one-year deal worth $12M plus another $2.5M in award-based bonuses according to Buster Olney, Ken Davidoff, and Mark Feinsand. Because the Yankees have been keep tabs on the veteran left-hander’s health this offseason, the process was expedited and the deal is already official.

Pettitte, 40, pitched to a 2.87 ERA (3.48 FIP) in 12 starts and 75.1 innings in his return from retirement this year. He also posted excellent strikeout (8.24 K/9 and 22.8 K%), walk (2.51 BB/9 and 6.9 BB%), and ground ball (56.3%) rates. A hard-hit ground ball fractured his left ankle in late-June and cause him to miss almost three full months, though Pettitte did return in time to make three regular season tune-up starts and two postseason starts.

With Hiroki Kuroda (one-year, $15M) and now Pettitte both re-signed, the Yankees can move forward with their offseason plan knowing the rotation is well set. CC Sabathia will round out the top three while Phil Hughes backs them up as the four, then David Phelps and Ivan Nova figure to compete for the fifth starter’s spot in Spring Training. The Yankees are optimistic about re-signing Mariano Rivera this week as well, and once that’s completed they’ll know exactly how much money they have to address the right field, catcher, DH, and bench holes heading into the Winter Meetings next week.

Update: Pettitte will return in 2013

7:36pm: Pettitte has informed the team that he intends to pitch next season, reports Bryan Hoch. The two sides hope to have a deal done within 48 hours.

8:45am: According to Buster Olney, Andy Pettitte is close to formally announcing his return in 2013. He says the two sides are close to a new contract, which Joel Sherman says will be worth $10-11M. No surprise there.

Pettitte, 40, has reportedly started his offseason workout routine to test his body in advance of a decision. That was an indication a) his family gave him to thumbs up to return in 2013, and b) he actually wanted to play again. I don’t think he would have started his routine if his heart wasn’t into it. Nothing is final yet, but it appear to be only a matter of time before Pettitte is officially back in pinstripes.