Andy Pettitte hasn’t told Brian Cashman what his 2011 plans are.I guess we should all start embracing the idea that we've seen the last of Pettitte. If he comes back, then that'll just be a pleasant surprise.
However, Tuesday in Washington Heights, the Yankees GM sounded like an executive ready to move on without the veteran lefty.
“There has been no official announcement that he has retired but I can tell you that he is not officially in play,’’ Cashman said. “We are focused on the players available in the free agent market and the trade market. Andy is currently not one of those guys.
“I have spoken to Andy, I know his position. There is really nothing more to talk about or write about. Right now Andy is leaning toward retirement. He hasn’t decided he wants to play next year. He wanted to make sure we were not being held up as we do our business. So, we are not. We are moving forward with what’s available. There is not much available but if there is something there that we like and we match up, we will strike.’’
There was also this little bit of info regarding Brandon Webb:
Cashman was evasive about free agent Brandon Webb, who has pitched in one game since the end of the 2008 season due to arm problems.To me that sounds like he's interested, or at least intrigued by Webb, which isn't surprising. At this point, it's going to take something lucky to give the Yanks a rotation that can compete with the top clubs in the game.
“I wouldn’t be able to say,’’ Cashman said.