Andy Pettitte Will Not Start 2011 Season

8:28 PM: Cashman tells Tyler Kepner of the New York Times that "he just used a poor choice of words" in describing Pettitte's situation.  (Twitter link)  Cashman says he meant to say that Pettitte has "chosen not to pitch" rather than "chosen not to start," though this doesn't necessarily mean that Pettitte has officially retired.  In another Kepner tweet, Cashman says he hasn't spoken to Pettitte about a Clemens-esque midseason return.

8:13 PM: Andy Pettitte has informed the Yankees that if he does return for the 2011 season, he won't be ready by Opening Day, reports Stefan Bondy and Nathaniel Vinton of the New York Daily News.  Brian Cashman said Pettitte told him to "don't count on me" but the GM noted that if Pettitte wanted to pitch later in the season, the door would be open for a return.

"I don't think he's determined if he's officially finished or not, but he's chosen at this stage at least not to start in 2011," Cashman said. "If that ever changes he'll call us. We're not going to hound him or bother him."

ESPN's Buster Olney pointed out last month that Pettitte would already be behind on his offseason preparations if he chose to return, so it's possible that Pettitte may still come back and is building in extra time to get ready for his 17th Major League season. 

Pettitte could take a page from his friend Roger Clemens' book — the Rocket didn't begin his 2006 and 2007 seasons, with the Astros and Yankees respectively, until June of those years.  Clemens was able to secure $22MM from Houston and a pro-rated $4.7MM per month deal from New York, and while Pettitte wouldn't get that kind of money from the Yankees, he could command more than the rumored $12-$13MM if the Yankees found themselves desperate for pitching by May.  


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127 Comments on "Andy Pettitte Will Not Start 2011 Season"


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KenJr1918
4 years 5 months ago

And the hits just keep coming for NY.

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East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

Sergio Mitre it is =/

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wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

Officially the best Red Sox off season ever (as of right now).

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4 years 5 months ago

Now if they don’t win the world series, it will be the biggest embarassment ever.

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wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

Why? Their payroll is the same as last year.

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Vmmercan
4 years 5 months ago

So then surely you weren’t complaining in 2009 when the Yankees went out and replaced their own payroll? Something tells me you were.

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wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

Something tells me you shouldn’t fight back with assumptions.

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RedSoxDynasty
4 years 5 months ago

No! That distinction belongs to the 2094 Yankees who choked after being up 3-0 in the ALCS vs Boston. Now that’s embaressing!

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East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

2094. embaressing.

Next!

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wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

How do you know he doesn’t own a DeLorean with a Flux capacitor?!

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0bsessions
4 years 5 months ago

ONE POINT TWENTY ONE GIGAWATTS?!?!

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ubercubsfan
4 years 5 months ago

Actually he said jiggawatts in the movie. I’m still hoping for the Rays to change their name to Florida Gators before 2015.

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wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

What in the hell is a jiggawatt?!

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DunkinDonuts
4 years 5 months ago

“No! That distinction belongs to the 2094 Yankees who choked after being up 3-0 in the ALCS vs Boston. Now that’s embaressing!”

I think I’ll give the 2094 Yankees a pass, as by that point a good chunk of their payroll will be devoted to an ill-advised extension that takes A-Rod into his 130s.

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MetsFanXXIII
4 years 5 months ago

Wow, didn’t know you had a crystal ball.

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MaineSox
4 years 5 months ago

Everybody knows crystal balls only exist in the movies. It was definitely tea leaves.

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sadp
4 years 5 months ago

Except that in 2094 the Blue Jays play the World Series vs. the Tokyo Samurais, so the Sox clearly lose that ALCS anyways.

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NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 5 months ago

Good to know the Jays finally get back

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0bsessions
4 years 5 months ago

You’re operating under old rules. The 2094 Red Sox will beat the Yankees in the ALCS, but they will go on to lose the NWHCS (North-Western Hemipshere Championship Series) to the Jays in twelve games.

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RedSoxDynasty
4 years 5 months ago

Lol! 2004 obviously and damn my fat fingers on the iPhone keyboard! Loved the jokes though!

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Ray R
4 years 5 months ago

I only need one word to sum this up:

Oy.

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4 years 5 months ago

Addendum: Vey

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basemonkey
4 years 5 months ago

I think the late-career move to pitch half a season starting about July-ish is a shrewd move for these longtime vet pitchers. They’re trying to squeeze out as much quality performance as possible, without making themselves suceptible to the natural late-season attrition that happens to all pitchers. It’s always sad seeing a onetime pitching great, perhaps future Hall of Famer, struggle for a few years to convince themselves they’re done.

The decline is a little more graceful, I think, for position players. With pitchers it can get kind of ugly.

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Since_77
4 years 5 months ago

I agree. Last season he was very effective in 21 starts in 30 starts he can get burnt out.

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wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

I understand for pitchers who obviously can’t take the innings anymore (Pedro), but Clemens and Pettitte have no reason except just having the free time.