Pettitte autograph day changes to Feb. 15

Andy Pettitte stands on the mound during a Andy Pettitte stands on the mound during a game last season. Photo Credit: David Pokress

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The Yankees aren't the only ones waiting on Andy Pettitte.

Pettitte recently postponed a private autograph signing scheduled for Wednesday with a memorabilia dealer that would have brought him to the New York area.

The date was advertised on Steiner Sports' website for Wednesday, but it has been changed on the site to Feb. 15. That's odd in that Feb. 15 is one day after Yankees pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Tampa, Fla.

"He's just not in town," Steiner Sports executive vice president of purchasing and player relations Chris Amoroso said Monday. "He has to be in town for it, so it's been postponed just due to the fact that he's not going to be in town. I would assume he's not in town because right now, he's thinking about what he's going to do."

General manager Brian Cashman has said several times this offseason, including Monday, that Pettitte has told the team he is not planning to pitch in 2011. Cashman has been in touch with the lefthander, however, and the Yankees hold out hope Pettitte could change his mind before spring training starts in two weeks.

Cashman said Monday there is "nothing new" regarding Pettitte, though he was coy when asked if he has talked to the pitcher since Jan. 24, thought to be the last time the two spoke.

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"I wouldn't say," Cashman said.

Without Pettitte - and no other moves - the rotation is thin, with CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett followed by Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre.

One free-agent pitcher the Yankees had some interest in, Justin Duchscherer, agreed to a one-year deal with the Orioles on Sunday night.

On Wednesday, for a fee, Pettitte was to sign items fans purchased from the Steiner Sports website or sent in on their own. A telephone sales pitch, for example, offered a Pettitte autographed ball for $250.

The signing, which is not open to the public, typically takes place at Steiner's New Rochelle headquarters or an area hotel, Amoroso said.

"It depends on each player," Amoroso said. "Depending on who it is."

Alex Rodriguez, for example, is scheduled to hold a public autograph signing Feb. 8 at the Steiner Sports store at Roosevelt Field mall from 7-8:30 p.m. Autographs range from $100 to $400, according to the Steiner Sports website.

Other Yankees, such as Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Joba Chamberlain, are listed on the Steiner Sports website as also holding upcoming private signings. The website does offer the disclaimer, "Please note that the actual signing date is subject to change without notice."

Pettitte's agent, Randy Hendricks, could not be reached for comment.

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