Andy Pettitte has been scheduled for an autograph signing in the New York area on Feb. 15, the same day that Yankees pitchers and catchers will be getting on the field for the first time in Spring Training.
Still officially undecided on his future, the 38-year-old Pettitte had a private event with Steiner Sports pushed back by two weeks, according to the memorabilia dealer’s Web site
The original booking would have had Pettitte in the New York area on Wednesday, with plenty of time to prepare for an on-time arrival at the George M. Steinbrenner Field complex. Yankees pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 14, with their first workout a day later.
Of course, the signing could always be moved if Pettitte decides to pitch. The company offers a disclaimer that “the actual signing date is subject to change without notice.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said repeatedly said that Pettitte has told the team not to count on him, beginning with the evening of the Bombers’ loss to the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series.
Cashman said last week that Pettitte has already decided to retire, but the team was prepared to offer him a contract – reportedly $12 million for one season – if he wants to return.
“He’s made a decision. It’s just if he changes his mind,” Cashman said. “I wouldn’t even say he’s undecided. He’s decided not to play. If he decides to play, I think that’s the rub. The only thing is, I’m left to constantly talk about it because I have to fill a void in the rotation. The obvious area to ask about is Andy Pettitte.”
Without Pettitte in the fold, the Yankees have made smaller moves to bolster a staff that was projected to have Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre as the fourth and fifth starters.
New York has signed veterans Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training, supplementing a crop of young hopefuls like Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos looking to make an impression this spring.