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.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.