MLB Rumors: Andy Pettitte Has Not Begun Preseason Prep

Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IDecember 22, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout late in the game against the Texas Rangers in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Via two tweets from Buster Olney of ESPN:

"Something to keep in mind re Andy Pettitte: Normally, he would already be deep into his preparation for the upcoming season, but he is not currently preparing to pitch. If his final decision drags out too much longer, he will be behind schedule to prep for 2011."

There hasn’t been much news at all on the Pettitte front worth reporting. There has been a lot of speculation, though none of it really positive, and while I can’t report on every little tidbit that people come up with, this seemed worth reporting.

Pettitte has a pretty strict workout regimen that he prides himself on. At this point, it is not nearly too late for him to fire it back up again, but every day that passes without a decision makes it less likely that he isn’t coming back at all.

So hopefully this decision comes soon.

It should be noted that the Yankees are moving forward this offseason as if Pettitte is not coming back at all. That doesn’t mean they are going to sign somebody who would block his return, though.

At this point, anybody they sign would be a Jeff Francis-type, meaning that it wouldn’t keep them from being interested in bringing Pettitte back.

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