Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Chances of Pettitte return look gloomy

It doesn't look like Santa Claus is going to grant my Christmas wish this year.

The chances of Andy Pettitte coming back to the New York Yankees look increasingly grim as the lefty drops hints to friends/teammates such as Mark Teixeira that he is leaning toward retirement. It's one thing to hear that from Brian Cashman, who has to prepare for all eventualities as general manager. It's another thing to hear such deflating news from his teammates, even if it's not official yet.

Pettitte's bosses and teammates have not put pressure on the lefty to return despite the fact that their chances of being competitive with the retooled Boston Red Sox drop precipitously without him. But you can be sure that they are seriously praying that he decides to return for one more year because the Yankees are in bad shape without his veteran arm and presence in the rotation.

Until Pettitte tells them for sure he's not coming back, the Yankees will hold out hope against hope for his return. But they need to prepare a good Plan B.

Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.

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