Andy Pettitte will return from a broken ankle and rejoin the Yankees’ rotation Tuesday, but the 40-year-old left-hander remains uncertain about whether he’ll return in 2013.
Pettitte told reporters this morning that when he initially came out of retirement it was strictly a one-year thing, but the injury and lack of innings this season “definitely gives me the option to consider coming back again next year, that’s for sure.”
How he performs down the stretch will likely be a factor, of course, but before taking a line drive off his ankle Pettitte was looking like his old self with a 3.22 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 59 innings.
No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.
Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.
It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.
Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.