Andy Pettitte wants to come up with a plan for next season as soon as possible. The Yankees' 40-year-old lefty, who would have started Game 5 of the ALCS today if the Yankees had not been swept out of the postseason with an 8-1 loss to the Tigers yesterday, again has to make a decision on whether to pitch next season. Pettitte has hinted he plans to come back, but still must determine for sure if he'll be on the mound in 2013. "I don't have a set time frame, but I'm going to try to make [my decision] as quick as I possibly can," said Pettitte, who added he would prefer to have his decision made "within a month." Pettitte said he does not want to place the Yankees in the position of waiting for him, but he just isn't sure what he wants to do yet. "I would like to know," he said. Pettitte said the Yankees' ALCS defeat will not affect his decision and he reiterated he still has the will to compete. "There's no doubt I still have the desire to compete. For me, obviously it's the family situation," he said. "It's a huge commitment at this stage of my life where I'm at." Pettitte is one of nine potential big-name Yankees free agents. The others include catcher Russell Martin, right fielder Nick Swisher, left fielder Ichiro Suzuki, designated hitter Raul Ibanez, No. 3 starter Hiroki Kuroda, relievers Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano and key reserve Eric Chavez.
Pettitte unsure if he will return next season
New York Post | Oct 19