Monday, December 6, 2010
“He told me personally he was leaning toward retirement,” Cashman said. “He’s not officially retired. I talked to his agent [Randy Hendricks] about maybe a week to 10 days ago, and that position hadn’t changed. That’s where it’s at as of right now.”
The Yankees have said they would like to have Pettitte back in 2011, but as in past years, they will not force his hand. Pettitte, 38, has been wrestling with the balance between his pitching duties and his family life at home in Deer Park, Texas.
So far, baseball has won out, though Pettitte has been increasingly frustrated with the amount of time he has had to spend on airplanes commuting between New York and Texas on off-days. Cashman said Pettitte’s statement this year was more blunt than his parting words in past seasons.
“That’s the first time he’s ever done that, told me that directly,” Cashman said. “He’s a very honest communicator and I just think that as every year goes by, that tug [of retirement] is a lot harder.”
I wouldn’t put much weight behind the fact that he hasn’t made a decision yet. It’s basically the Brett Favre model: you haven’t chosen retirement unless the regular season starts without you.