Tag:Andy Pettitte
Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: February 3, 2011 3:04 pm

Rangers, Ryan have tried to woo Pettitte

Andy Pettitte Brian Cashman isn't the only one trying to woo Andy Pettitte -- Rangers president Nolan Ryan tells 1050 ESPN in New York that he's talked to Pettitte several times this winter.

Ryan Ruocco tweets that Pettitte told Ryan he will pitch for the Yankees or retire. Pettitte had also told Ryan he wouldn't make a decision until February.

That would be the time considering it's already February and pitchers and catchers report in the next two weeks -- but it does mean he hadn't made up his mind before now.

It's really looking more and more like Pettitte will return .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:03 pm

Cashman won't rush pitching prospects

Manny Banuelos The Yankees are accused of many things -- buying titles, ruining baseball, stunting the popularity of sideburns -- but one accusation that is rarely thrust at baseball's most successful franchise is that of hurrying prospects to the big leagues.

General manager Brian Cashman doesn't want to start that trend now with their two top pitching prospects, lefty Manny Banuelos (pictured) and right-hander Dellin Betances.

"They shouldn't be caught up in our major-league problems," Cashman told the New York Post 's Joel Sherman .

So, no matter what happens with Andy Pettitte, the Yankees are hoping to start both in the minor leagues, likely Double-A, where both have made just three starts.

Banuelos won't turn 20 until March 13, but is one of the team's most valued prospects. The left-hander pitches in the 90s and can hit 95, despite standing just 5-foot-10.

Betances is older (he will be 23 in March) and taller (by nearly a foot, standing 6-8), but had surgery to reinforce an elbow ligament in 2009. Still, he came back throwing in the high-90s and has a plus-plus curveball.

Sherman notes the two could get some time in the bullpen in 2011, but it still seems a bit premature to fit either for pinstripes just yet.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 26, 2011 4:07 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 12:12 am

Signs pointing to a Pettitte return?

Andy Pettitte When Yankees GM Brian Cashman reportedly told Andy Pettitte not to "Brett Favre us" it seems the left-hander misinterpreted his former boss' request and just didn't hit send on those pictures he was planning to send to Cashman's iPhone.

Because it seems Pettitte, who was "leaning toward retirement" at one time, is now working out and may return this year, pulling the Favre yo-yo is-he-retiring, isn't-he-retiring thing with the Yankees.

Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman tweets some baseball people expect Pettitte to play, while NBC's Craig Calcaterra's best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who heard Pettitte say there's a "strong possibility" that Pettitte will pitch in 2011 while in line at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious.

Maybe Pettitte just heard Cashman say yesterday that he'd be happier if he had another starter, and Pettitte thought giving him some hope he'd return would lift his spirits better than a picture of his junk.

UPDATE: Heyman tweets the Yankees have or will offer Pettitte $12 million to pitch in 2011. He made $11.75 million last season.

UPDATE: Cashman said Wednesday night that there was nothing new with Pettitte. From the New York Times :

“It would probably be easier with you guys (if he just came out and said he is retired). But from our perspective, he’s done everything he needs to do. He’s been honest and straight up, awesome like he’s always been. He’s a special guy. I think the bottom line is that people don’t want to let him go. And for good reason because he can still participate and be a championship-caliber pitcher, and no one wants to let him go. So that’s probably the issue.

“But he deserves his freedom and his peace. We’ve been fortunate to have him for this, and we’d be fortunate to have him longer, but if not, it’s, ‘Hey man, it’s been great, special.’ At the same time, we’ve got to leave him alone. He’s been up front with us from the beginning. If something changes, he’ll let us know. It could happen because he hasn’t officially retired.”

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:05 am

Cashman to Pettitte: don't 'Favre' us

Brian Cashman One of the beauties of covering baseball here at CBSSports.com has been the ability to laugh at our NFL brethren when it comes to Brett Favre coverage, while I don't even have to pay attention to him or the texts he's sent me.

Anyway, it seems Yankees general manager Brian Cashman paid attention to the Favre soap opera and doesn't what a repeat in the Bronx with Andy Pettitte.

"He's opting not to play right now but that might change, it might not," Cashman said at the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting in Cromwell, N.J. on Tuesday, according to the Middletown Press . "I told him, don't 'Brett Favre' us. You got to be all in and fully dedicated to play. Do I need him? I need him, but I don't want him to play if his heart's not in it."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 12, 2011 9:23 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 9:38 pm

Pettitte won't start 2011 -- maybe

Andy Pettitte
The Yankees won't have Andy Pettitte in their rotation this season -- at least not for the start of it.

General manager Brian Cashman told the New York Daily News that the left-hander, who has been considering whether to retire this winter, won't be going to spring training.

"I don't think he's determined if he's officially finished or not, but he's chosen at this stage at least not to start [the season] in 2011," Cashman said. "If that ever changes he'll call us. We're not going to hound him or bother him. ... Andy's been very communicative on these issues and right now he's not in play, and if he does decide to play he'll play for us. He's a Yankee from start to finish."

Pettitte, 38, has gone 54-34 with a 4.08 ERA in the past four years, his second stint with the Yankees after three years in Houston. New York hoped to add a starter this winter but thus far hasn't, and the top-shelf options have dried up (except Carl Pavano, who isn't going back to the Yankees). The Yankees at this point will be looking to fill in from within the organization behind CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes.

"I'm actively out there," Cashman said. "It's a very thin market to be flying in right now. That's why we may have to rely on our strong farm system a little bit sooner than we expected."

Pettitte told Cashman the decision to stay home was related to his family, but he also expects to be called upon in the federal prosecution of former teammate Roger Clemens, who is slated to go on trial in July.

UPDATE: Apparently there's some kind of semantic uncertainty regarding Cashman's comments. He's now saying he just used a poor choice of words and should have said "pitch" instead of "start." I'm not sure how "he's chosen at this stage at least not to pitch in 2011" makes it any different, but now Cashman is trying to say there's no news after all. See if you can make sense of it here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:24 pm

Yankees not waiting on Pettitte

Andy Pettitte Brian Cashman appears to be tiring of the Andy Pettitte questions.

In a telephone interview with the New York Times ' Ben Shpigel , Cashman said the Yankees aren't expecting to have Pettitte next season.
“He told us before the Cliff Lee thing not to count on him,” Cashman said over the phone. “I’ve covered this ground a thousand times. I’m done talking about the Andy stuff. People keep asking the same questions five different ways, and nothing has changed. Everybody’s assuming that Andy’s retiring. That’s what we believe will happen.”
Also, Cashman told Shpigel that the Yankees aren't tying any of their plans to Pettitte's decision, contrary to some reports.
“It’s not like he’s holding us up anyway,” Cashman said. “It’s not impacting us one way or the other, but it would impact us positively if Andy decided to come back. He told me, ‘Don’t plan your winter around me,’ and we haven’t. We’re focusing on the players who are in play.”
There have been conflicting reports today with some saying Pettitte will make an official decision this week, while others say he won't. One group will be right.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 4:26 pm

Young doesn't want to change positions

Michael Young While the Rangers' official business on Monday was announcing the deals for Brandon Webb and Arthur Rhodes, the unofficial business was much more interesting.

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan checks in following the team's news conference and says the team's not "particularly optimistic" that they'll sign Adrian Beltre. The Rangers were reportedly close on Sunday, but several reports have refuted that since.

One of the reasons may be that incumbent third baseman Michael Young doesn't want to move from third. One idea to accompany Beltre -- a superior defensive third baseman -- was to move Young to designated hitter or first base.

The Rangers also checked in on Andy Pettitte, but were told that he'd either retire or return to the Yankees and made it clear he wants to return to the Yankees. There has been some speculation in multiple reports today that Pettitte could tell the Yankees of his decision this week. Sullivan said the Rangers expect Pettitte to wait until next month to make his decision.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 28, 2010 6:03 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2010 9:33 pm

Teixeira: Pettitte leaning toward retirement

PettitteMark Teixeira believes that starting pitcher Andy Pettitte continues to lean toward retiring, reports ESPN New York.

"I think, like everyone else [thinks], if he's leaning one way, he's probably leaning towards retiring," Teixeira, who has swapped text messages with the lefty, said. "I think that's what he's publicly said. It's no secret right now. That's probably where he's leaning. But in a month and a half, a lot can happen."

If Pettitte retires, he will have spent 13 years with the Yankees, sandwiched around a 2004-06 stint in Houston and won 240 games with a 3.88 ERA. He was the club's second-best pitcher in 2010, posting an 11-3 record with a 3.28 ERA in the 21 starts he was able to make.

Even if Pettitte does not return, Teixeira is confident the team can contend.

"We basically have the same team that won the World Series two years ago," he said. "We're going to miss Andy of course but we have some young guys who are going to try to step in and do the job."

Yep, because Sergio Mitre and Ivan Nova are just as good as Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain...

-- Evan Brunell

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