Pettitte likes the yankees…And as for Mariano

Good news out of yankeeland today, Andy Pettitte, which depends on how you look at it, will either anchor the staff is coming back to the yankees….if he pitches next year

HOUSTON (AP) — Pitcher Andy Pettitte isn’t ready to say whether he will exercise his option to play for the New York Yankees, but he’s certain that if he doesn’t play for them he won’t play for anyone.

“The New York Yankees committed an awful lot of money to me and put it in my hands, gave me a player option and trusted me with that option,” Pettitte said in a story posted on Houston television station KRIV’s Web site. “It probably wouldn’t be real honorable for me not to do anything other than if I shut it down, shut it down or go back and play for the New York Yankees.”

And as for Mariano Rivera, per the Daily News

Rivera, who filed for free agency on Monday, informed the Yankees that he wasn’t interested in leaving the only organization for which he has played, but he made it clear that he wants to be treated with respect.

“It was mostly about good feelings,” said one team official. “Now we have to get into the serious stuff and try to get a deal done.”

Rivera had contacted the Yankees to set up the meeting, as he wanted to sit down and discuss the state of the team. According to a source, Rivera was “very supportive” of the team’s hiring of Joe Girardi as manager.

The Yankees did not make Rivera an offer, and money was not discussed during the meeting, but according to a source, the team is expected to present an offer of three years and roughly $40 million to the closer in the coming days.


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