From Bob Klapisch:
#Yankees are prepared for Pettitte to tell them he’s retiring, saying “everything” points that way. Decision should come this week.
The Yankees had said that they were already moving forward as if Andy was not returning, but you have assume that his official retirement would exacerbate their pitching issues and accelerate any timeline for obtaining a starter. If he does announce that he is leaving, I would expect the Yankees to move quickly on low-risk type guys such as Jeff Francis, and to explore possible trades with a bit more interest. If they start the season with Sergio Mitre in the rotation, I will be shocked. Regardless, this news is blow to the Yankees rotation, and will require Brian Cashman to get creative with his pitching moves. Hopefully, he is up for the task.