General manager Brian Cashman has spoken to Andy Pettitte since the Yankees’ season ended, but told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that the left-hander has not yet made a decision about returning in 2011 or retiring at age 38:
He’s going to take some time like he always does. He’s going to try to make a decision at some point. He’s going to try to decompress first like he always does, then he’ll talk to his family.
According to Cashman there’s no timetable for Pettitte to make a decision, but the assumption is that he’ll eventually decide to come back for at least one more season. Performance-wise it would be a no-brainer, as Pettitte went 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 129 innings and pitched well in both of his playoff starts after returning from a groin injury.
Thursday is September 1, which means rosters expand. As a result, the Nationals plan to promote pitcher Mat Latos to the major league roster, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Latos had an opt-out clause for Monday, but after discussing the matter with the team, he agreed to stay at Triple-A Syracuse until Thursday.
Latos, 28, put up a 4.62 ERA over 11 starts with the White Sox before being released in mid-June. Nearly two weeks later, he signed a minor league contract with the Nationals.
In the Nationals’ minor league system, Latos has made three starts for the club’s Gulf Coast League team as well as three for Syracuse. In aggregate, the right-hander has yielded six runs (four earned) on 20 hits and 10 walks with 28 strikeouts in 28 innings.
Latos will likely pitch out of a long relief role for the Nationals and can be used as starting rotation insurance as well.
Mark Buehrle hasn’t officially retired, but he hasn’t thrown a pitch in professional baseball since last October. Still, the Blue Jays wouldn’t mind having some insurance, so manager John Gibbons recently texted Buehrle, “You know, rosters expand in September,” Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.
Buehrle’s response? He texted back a picture of a lake. Sounds like he’s not interested in making a return, at least this year.
Last year, at the age of 36, Buehrle went 15-8 with a 3.81 ERA with a 91/33 K/BB ratio in 198 2/3 innings while leading the league with four complete games. He fell 1 1/3 innings shy of a 15th consecutive 200-inning season. There are many worse ways to end a career.