Andy Pettitte has decided to decline a $16 million option for next season with the New York Yankees, as he is still unsure whether he wants to return for a 14th season. The pitcher had 10 days after the end of the World Series to decide whether to pick up the option or not, but it turned out to be not enough time.
“If Andy decides to play, I am confident we can reach an agreement with the Yankees within 24 hours,” said Randy Hendricks, Pettitte’s agent. “The only options, as Andy has stated, are the Yankees or retirement. He appreciates the Yankees’ willingness to give him the time he feels he needs. I do not expect him to make a decision for quite some time.”
Pettitte had previously announced that he will either return to the Yankees or retire, instead of opting out to look for a new team. The 35-year-old left-hander went 15-9 with a 4.05 ERA for the Yankees this year, including 11-3 after the All-Star break. He is 201-113 overall, spending 10 of his 13 seasons in the Majors with the Yankees.