Anthony McCarron spoke to an anonymous Yankee official about the fifth starter spot. According to the official, Andy Pettitte's one-year, $10 million deal is still in effect. But the Yankees aren't so sure he'll return.
Now that the Yanks have landed their new first baseman, the odds of Pettitte being a Yankee next year are "55-45 against," according to a baseball official familiar with the Yanks' plans.Your time is running out, Andy.
Instead, the official said, the Yankees may turn to Phil Hughes, who blew his chance in the rotation last year because of a combination of injuries and ineffectiveness, as a starter behind CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Chien-Ming Wang and Joba Chamberlain. Hughes is still considered one of the Yankees' best young players, and many in the organization are eager for him to have another shot.
"It's less likely" that Pettitte returns, the official said on condition of anonymity. "Most (Yankee executives) are thinking of another direction."
Would you be confident in Phil Hughes manning the fifth starter spot?