At some point people will not feel obligated to ask Andy Pettitte if he’s going to come back whenever they see him. We’re not to that point yet, however. Yesterday ESPN’s Wallace Matthews ran into Pettitte when he was in town for a photo shoot and the subject came up again. Pettitte’s answer:
“Right now, I don’t think I’ll ever play again. If something changes in my heart and I feel differently, who knows? But I retired to be at home, and I’m absolutely loving it. Whatever today’s date is, I can tell you I don’t plan on playing again.”
I guess the definitive statute of limitations would be next spring training, but really, I think it’s time to start asking him about other stuff.
Both a Kinsler and a Kintzler made headlines at the Winter Meetings. After the Angels acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have inked reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year contract, pending a physical. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a third-year option worth $6 million.
Kintzler, 33, spent the latter half of his 2017 campaign with the Nationals after the Twins traded him. Between both clubs, he put up an aggregate 3.03 ERA with 29 saves and a 39/16 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings.
Sean Doolittle will handle save situations for the Nationals. Kintzler and Ryan Madson will bridge the gap to him in the seventh and eighth innings.