THURSDAY: Olney says Pettitte’s agent Randy Hendricks informed the Yankees that his client wants to pitch for them in 2009. Olney says the interest is mutual.
WEDNESDAY: Lots of good stuff from ESPN’s Buster Olney today. His scoop on the Yankees’ free agent starters:
A longtime friend of Andy Pettitte reiterated that the left-hander intends to pitch in 2009 — and there is a growing sense that Mike Mussina may return for another season, as well, although Mussina has not indicated a final decision, one way or another.
Intriguing news on Mussina, since he’s suggested it’ll be either three more seasons or retirement. The general vibe among the media as well as Yankees GM Brian Cashman had been that Mussina is leaning toward retirement.
I imagine the Yankees will scrap the plan to sign two of C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Derek Lowe if both Mussina and Pettitte return. Or perhaps they’d turn Pettitte away?