While appearing on Michael Kay’s radio show yesterday Andy Pettitte made it very clear that he has no plans to come out of retirement, saying: “I don’t think I will ever pitch again.”
Pettitte added that he’s “not dying to be playing baseball right now” and is “absolutely loving being home.”
He left the door open just slightly, basically giving a “never say never” answer when pressed further, but also explained that “I’m not playing baseball this year” and “I’m committed to my family, I’m where in my heart I need to be.”
Pettitte retired at age 38 after going 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts for the Yankees last season.
The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.
Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.
Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.