Andy Pettitte announced his retirement last February after compiling 240 career wins, 2,251 strikeouts and a 3.88 ERA over 16 major league seasons, but he was back in Yankees’ camp earlier today. As a guest instructor, that is.
The 39-year-old naturally felt a bit nostalgic conversing with his former teammates and being back in uniform for the first time since the 2010 ALCS against the Rangers, but he told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he is quite content with retirement.
“Then you take a step back, you evaluate where you’re at, what you’ve been doing and the reasons that I retired – to be with the family and spend time with them,” Pettitte said. “Things are good. Things are really good; just loving life. No doubt, when you get around here and get close to it, you’re like, ‘Man, you’re 39 years old and Mo is 42.’ It’s just good to be here and be around the guys.”
Pettitte may not have a comeback in his future, but he has lobbied Yankees manager Joe Girardi to throw batting practice tomorrow.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will become a free agent after the 2018 season and there hasn’t been much in the way of progress on a contract extension between the two sides. It seems as if Machado will test the open market next offseason.
The Phillies, currently with relatively minuscule obligations for the 2018 season and beyond, are expected to be big players for Machado, as well as other potential free agents like Bryce Harper. In fact, the Phillies may not even want to wait until next offseason, as Roch Kubatko of MASN reports that the club has expressed interest in Machado to the Orioles. In return, the O’s have been doing their homework on the Phillies’ minor league system.
Kubatko notes that the Orioles like, in particular, Phillies prospects Sixto Sanchez and Scott Kingery. The Phillies may be hesitant to part with either considering they can get Machado for a lot of cash but no prospects next winter. MLB Pipeline rates Sanchez as the Phillies’ best pitching prospect and the second-best prospect overall in the system. Kingery is third overall and the top infielder. While the Phillies’ system is among the best in baseball, its notable weakness is pitching, so parting with Sanchez — who throws in the upper 90’s and can hit triple digits — would be a big ask. Kingery is seen as the club’s next second baseman of the future, so much so that the Phillies are shopping Cesar Hernandez at the Winter Meetings.
As usual with rumors during the Winter Meetings, there may be some smoke but no actual fire here. The Orioles are likely to get continued interest in Machado from many teams between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They are simply doing their due diligence by seeing what the Phillies and others have to offer for Machado.