There’s “a very real possibility” that Andy Pettitte will retire

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At the risk of adding to the annoyance factor I complained about earlier this afternoon, here’s Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger with the latest Andy Pettitte update:

Person with knowledge of Pettitte’s thinking puts his chances of a return at 30%. “There is a very real possibility that he will retire.”

Someone in the last thread suggested that maybe Pettitte has already decided to retire, the Yankees know it, and that they both agreed to keep mum about it so as not to make the Yankees seem even more desperate for pitching than they are, thereby making it slightly easier for them to make a deal.

I have no idea if that’s true. I will say, though, that it makes more logical sense than a grown man taking several months to make a decision with as few variables in play as the one facing Andy Pettitte.

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.