Mike Mussina has retired, and the Yankees could lose Andy Pettitte, too.Don't believe it?
Pettitte, 36, has spoken more than once with his former manager, Joe Torre, about joining the Dodgers, according to major-league sources.
His first choice is to stay with the Yankees. The Yankees say they want him back. But at the moment, the Yankees are focused on the top free-agent starting pitchers — CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe.
For Pettitte, the Dodgers would represent a viable alternative. So could a team such as the Cardinals, who also might want Pettitte on a one-year deal.
I've thought for a while now that the Yankees needed to bring Pettitte back. He's a workhorse and I think he'll have a much better year in '09 than he did in '08. Now, with other teams starting to get involved I think it's important that the Yankees give him an offer and get him signed. The last thing the Yankees want is to fall short on CC, Burnett, and Lowe, and not have Pettitte to fall back on. If I'm advising Cashman I'd tell him to sign Pettitte and hope you can get at least one of the other three (hopefully Sabathia).