Andy Pettitte gave the Yankee universe a scare early this winter when he told reporters that he was leaning toward retirement.
Another scare came after the Rangers had supposedly reached out toward the native Texan.
Now we get our first piece of good news.
"According to a friend of Andy Pettitte’s, 'he will return to the Yankees as long as the offer isn’t insulting.' Pettitte has been thought unlikely to retire after a dissatisfying season, but so far Pettitte hasn’t indicated officially that he wants to keep playing, at least not to the Yankees. The Rangers would have interest, as well, but people close to Pettitte say he prefers to remain a Yankee."
Even after Pettitte announced he was leaning toward retirement, not many believed him. The general consensus was that he says that every year and that his last year will be the year he comes to spring training acknowledging that it’s his last year. So this goes along with that idea.
If nothing else, this gives us a good idea that if/when Pettitte returns, he will be returning to the Yankees and not the Texas Rangers.
November 29, 2010—Rangers Deny Reaching Out to Andy Pettitte (Updated)
November 23, 2010—Yankees Rumors: Andy Pettitte Leaning Toward Return
November 22, 2010—What Will the 2011 Opening Day Yankees Look Like?
November 22, 2010—Tomorrow is Last Day to Offer Free Agents Arbitration