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Monday, November 5, 2007

Pettitte declines player option

From ESPN.com:

Andy Pettitte declined his $16 million option to return to the New York Yankees, still uncertain whether he wants to pitch next season.

"I have spoken with Brian Cashman, who has reiterated what Hank Steinbrenner said about the Yankees wanting to give Andy all the time he needs to decide about next season," Pettitte's agent, Randy Hendricks, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "Accordingly, we are declining to exercise the option for 2008 and Andy will declare free agency in order to free up a roster spot for the Yankees.

"If Andy decides to play, I am confident we can reach an agreement with the Yankees within 24 hours. The only options, as Andy has stated, are the Yankees or retirement. He appreciates the Yankees willingness to give him the time he feels he needs. I do not expect him to make a decision for quite some time." (ESPN)

Pettitte will not sign elsewhere, so until he says he's retiring, I'm not worried.


Anonymous said...

He will be back. In the end, no one will offer him more money.

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Andrew Fletcher said...

I don't think it's the money. He just wants more time to think the decision over. He won't go anywhere else, that's for sure.

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