While Andy Pettitte sunned himself during a Hawaiian vacation last week, the Yankees did all the sweating.
His return to the mainland hasn’t taken the front office out of perspiration mode.
Pettitte has yet to decide on his future. And general manager Brian Cashman told the New York Post he doesn’t expect even to hear from the left-hander unless he plans on pitching this season.
“He might call and say, ‘Hey, I want to play,’ but I don’t expect a call with him telling us, ‘Hey, I’m not playing,’ because he’s kind of already told us, ‘Don’t count on me playing,’” Cashman said to the Post.
It would not be outrageous if the 38-year-old waited until spring training to decide his future. With uncertainty in the rotation, the Yankees might go after 26-year-old Royals closer Joakim Soria as a setup man and closer-in-waiting behind 41-year-old Mariano Rivera. The two-time All-Star reportedly said last week that he’d waive a no-trade clause to join the Yankees.
Meanwhile, the Mets remained budget-conscious, signing former Rockies and Blue Jays right-handed reliever Taylor Buchholz and Brewers left-handed starter Chris Capuano to relatively inexpensive one-year deals.
Capuano, 32 and with a history of Tommy John elbow surgeries, could compete for the fifth spot in the rotation after a 4-4, 3.95 season in 2010, his first since injuries cost him the 2008 and ’09 seasons.