Pettite Declines Option

Written by Jason Singer on . Posted in Posts, Sports.

The New York Yankees have done more losing over the past few
weeks than a sheltered, South Dakota couple
making their first trip to Las Vegas.
Since being eliminated from the playoffs in mid-October, the Pinstripers have lost
the best manager
in baseball, the best hitter in baseball and now
they might lose their best pitcher.

Andy Pettite, the Yankees only truly reliable starter this
season, declined a $16 million option to rejoin the team yesterday,
proving that he’s still uncertain about whether or not he wants to pitch next year.
Although this move technically makes Pettite a free agent, the southpaw has
stated that he will either pitch for New
next season or he will retire. “I have spoken
with Brian Cashman, who has reiterated what Hank Steinbrenner said about the
Yankees wanting to give Andy all the time he needs to decide about next season,”
Pettitte’s agent, Randy Hendricks, said Monday. “Accordingly, we are declining
to exercise the option for 2008 and Andy will declare free agency in order to
free up a roster spot for the Yankees.”

That’s a classy move by Pettite. Although the Yankees lost
their class
this offseason, it clearly hasn’t affected their players. But
if they keep this losing streak up, they might lose more than just class and a
few superstars: Their streak of 12 consecutive postseason appearances might
vanish as well.