That’s what Jack Curry of the YES Network said about Andy Pettitte playing beyond this season on the coverage of today’s rained out preseason game. He said that Andy made it very clear he doesn’t plan on pitching past this season, saying that he accomplished everything he wanted to do last year in playing in the new ballpark and winning a World Series. This isn’t exactly unexpected, but it’s the first time a beat reporter has conveyed this in such definitive terms.
What would this mean? I’m not sure. For those who would like to see both Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes in the 2011 Yankee rotation, this may or may not open up a rotation spot. With Cliff Lee almost certain to become a free agent, the Yanks could simply supplant Lee in Andy’s Lefty rotation spot with a substantial (but not unreasonable) salary bump. Andy will make 11.75 mil for the 2010 season. That assumes Lee would like to pitch here, which is something we don’t know yet. But Andy hasn’t even made this official yet, and so much can change over the course of this season. For now, we just have Curry’s report that the end is near for Andy.